By J.D. Landis
The Romantic period was once the cradle for artists who lived lifestyles to the fullest and enjoyed with out restraint, and Robert Schumann and his spouse, Clara, have been the epitome of this unbounded interval. Robert surprised and pressured listeners with song that heralded the start of the trendy period whereas he drove either his brain and his physique to their restrict. Clara was once the main acclaimed lady pianist of her time-a time that integrated Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and later, Brahms, whom Clara and Robert enjoyed greater than the other guy. With characters of surpassing power, Longing delineates the main intimate info of the relationships among women and men with a surpassing precision, sympathy, and knowledge. Combining the dramatic old narrative of The Alienist with the passionate sensitivity of ownership and the sensual intellectuality of The insufferable Lightness of Being, it's a consummate fulfillment of the novelist's paintings.
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Robert could hear some embers from his pipe hiss against the wetness of her dress. His father threw his pipe to the ﬂoor, where its stem ﬂew off and bowl shattered, and put his face to his daughter’s breast and locked his arms around her and wept in a way that Robert had never imagined a man might weep. He did not release her until the doctor arrived, and only then at the doctor’s insistence. ” Robert wondered whether the lie was contained within the doctor’s gesture or his words. ” “I was sitting by the river—,” began Robert.
She drowned herself,” said one of the men. “Yes. I thought so,” said the doctor. “I’m not surprised. But we mustn’t judge her harshly,” he added, to Robert’s parents. “Her torment had become unbearable. The infection had spread to her vulva. The itch she had experienced periodically over the rest of her body became intensiﬁed when it reached the delicate tissues of the genitalia. ” The doctor shook his head. “Her efforts were as tragic and unsightly as the disease. And there was nothing to be done.
It was Clementi’s Sonata in B-ﬂat, which Robert had never heard but now, hearing, felt he would never stop hearing. True, there was 20 something familiar about its opening theme, with its three-bar repeated succession of six eighth notes that Robert recognized as B-ﬂat/F/Bﬂat. But beyond that theme, the music was wholly new and, if not wholly original, thrilling. What dazzled him most was the playing. He had never heard anyone play the piano like this. He had not known the piano could be played like this.