5. Music therapy

Robert’s mental health was always a matter for some concern. He’s had an episode in 1833 during which he’d contemplated suicide; and, again, in 1845 following a strenuous concert tour of Russia with Clara and a consequent unremitting work schedule when they returned home, his health collapsed, and depression reduced him for a while to a state of catatonia.

The Second Symphony is part of, and a testimony to, the process of recovery:

Robert Schumann:
Symphony No. 2 in C

Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo 00:00
Scherzo. Allegro vivace 12:13
Adagio espressivo 19:18
Allegro molto vivace 28:40


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