Wednesday, February 27, 2013

This Day in History February 27, 1854

Robert Schumann was one of the more troubled composers in music history, and on this date in 1854, he tried to commit suicide.  He had recently made friends with young composer Johannes Brahms, and he had struggled with mental issues before where he heard voices and even considered harming his very talented wife.  He threw himself from a bridge into the Rhine River, and was picked up by a boatman.  He was then sent to an insane asylum.  He died about two years later.

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