Robert Schumann was nothing if not passionate. As a younger man, the cigar-smoking, billiard-playing, hard-drinking composer, pianist and critic inevitably threw himself wholeheartedly into whatever came his way, be it a year of Lieder, the maelstrom of musical polemics or courting his paternally closetted child bride.

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But Schumann was also a highly complex personality, increasingly withdrawn and prone to the bouts of manic depression that – in conjunction with the...

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