His music helped define the sound and direction of the Romantic period of the 19th century across different forms; like music for piano, song, chamber music, and symphonies. John Banther and Linda Carducci talk about characteristics to listen for in his music, why he became a composer, and how literature played a part in his works.
The birthplace and childhood home of R. Schumann in Zwickau (Saxony, Germany)
(By André Karwath aka Aka - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41284)
Notable performances of Schumann's music
Fantasy in C major, Op. 17 (performed by Nelson Freire)
Frauenliebe und Leben, op. 42 (Jaime Korkos, mezzo-soprano)
Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op.47 (Daishin Kashimoto, Violin, Gilad Karni, Viola, Sol Gabetta, Cello, Nelson Goerner, Piano)
Symphony No. 3 (»Rheinische«)(hr-Sinfonieochester, Marek Janowski conducting)