Love-pangs dominated major part of his life. His love-smitten heart reached somewhat stability when he found the final frontiers of love in Clara, Wieck’ s young daughter, with whom he fell in love. Wieck strongly protested and did father’ s duty of separating them. But both of them were steadfast in their love. In 1837, they had decided that they were born for each other, and since they were much apart, Schumann underwent and suffered a period of depression. In 1839, Clara had attained the legally eligible age to get married finally, they succeeded in their efforts in 1840.
The golden period in his life as for songs commenced. The longings of his heart found expression in his love-poems. Love is a bird with colorful wings, caged in the heart of lovers. It moves in the heart with tantalizing speed to make the lover a bard. That was the position of Schumann. He wrote circa 150 songs. Some of his immortal love songs are Frauenliebe und – leben (‘ A Woman’ s Love and life’ ) and Dichterliebe(A Poet’ s Love’ ) etc. The pangs of found expression in these poems.
Piano proved to be a great musical instrument for him and he brought his heart out through its notes and vibrations. The music created the telling effect and mesmerized the audience. His various experiments in music continued, he hopped from one area of the musical experiment to another, many times emerged successfully and finally, his deep depression took the toll of his musical talents in the year 1852. In 1852-53, his health and more particularly his spirits were on the wane. In 1854 his weakness resulted in the attack of hallucinations and he attempted suicide.
He thought he would turn mad and that fear continuously confronted him. The effects of syphilis took its toll and he died in 1856 in a mental asylum, and at the end, Clara and the young Brahmas took care of him.
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