Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Robert Schumann's 200th Birthday

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Robert Schumann Wikipedia

Today, the world is celebrating the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann. We know him as a great composer, perhaps the most Romantic of all the Romantic composers. But early in his life, he wandered a bit. He tried writing, he tried going to law school, he tried being a pianist - all before ultimately settling on composing. Our show is all-Schumann today, including a performance of his rarely-played Konzertstuck for four horns and orchestra, in a classic recording by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Plus, one of his unfinished symphonies, performed by conductor Roberto Abbado and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.