Schumann is perhaps the personification of Romantic ideals. His life was essentially a tragic struggle against depression, alcoholism, and insanity. In his writings and compositions, he gave himself several personalities: the impetuous Florestan, Eusebius the dreamer, and Raro the rationalist. They can all be heard in his music, which combines his own uniquely dreamy, almost hallucinatory, Romanticism with Classical structure. His symphonies contain some of the most spontaneously joyful music ever written. Once criticized for their unconventional orchestration, they are again enjoying the popularity they deserve.
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