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Wang Pei

Literary world of R. Schumann

In the history of European musical culture the 19th century is known as the “golden age” of musical romanticism. A vivid representative of this trend in music was R. Schumann. In his relatively short lifetime he managed to summarize the search of German philosophers of Romanticism in the field of arts on the one hand, and on the other, to reveal peculiarities in the creative work of many European composers. It was Schumann who first appreciated F. Chopin’s talent. R. Schumann’s activities in music criticism were very fruitful, therefore, he left a great epistolary heritage.
The relevance and academic novelty of this article is determined by the fact that R. Schumann’s activities in music criticism have never been the subject of an independent research. Methodologically, the article is based on works by B. Asafiev, M. Druskin, S. Marcus and others which along with R. Schumann’s creative work highlight the composer’s general aesthetic views.
Undoubtedly, the composer’s opinion on German romantic literature changed over time. It seems possible to identify this evolution from the influence of Jean-Paul, Hoffmann, and Heine to Goethe in a later period of his life.
As a critic, R. Schumann supported the creative pursuits of young German composers and F. Chopin in opposition to the “new German-French school”. The essence of Schumann’s romantic aesthetics manifests in the very approach to such essential issues as fantasy and reality, traditions and modernity, art and life, etc.

Key words

Schumann’s activities in music criticism, romanticism, Schumann’s aesthetics.

For citation

Wang Pei Literary world of R. Schumann // South-Russian musical anthology. 2019. № 4. PP. 12–17.