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Widmung

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The consideration of the personal relationships between Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin seems to be of great importance to the performing artist. Not only is it vital for an authentic interpretation of their work, it will also paint a picture of three very different personalities, each of them remarkable for the age of romanticism. Appreciation is shown through the works they have dedicated to each other, and yet we also find resentment and lack of understanding for the different lifestyle and artistic choices between the three of them. Robert Schumann suffered through many triols in his life such as his shattered dream of becoming a concert due to his hand injury, extensive psychological problems and being overshadowed by the success of his beloved Clara. Although he wasn’t fond of Liszt’s program music, at least in his early years he highly respected his more famous colleague and friend, therefore dedicating him his Fantasie op. 17. His letters to Liszt then were friendly but short, while Liszt treated him kindly and warm throughout his whole life (this may also be due to his admiration for his wife Clara)

Chopin might have had a similar attitude to Liszt. While his excessive lifestyle and a few of his more superficial works Irritated Chopin, his virtuoso technique and bravado Inspired him. It seems only fitting that he dedicated his 12 Etudes op. 10 to Liszt, who would later in return dedicate some of his Transcendental Etudes to Chopin. While Chopin had his own admirers and was an adored composer, he did live more secluded than Liszt or even Schumann. Even though the latter one praised him frequently, he himself rarely spoke about his colleagues. His opinions concerning this matter would solely lle in personal letters and his music.