Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law to return to music, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.
Newly re-discovered in the run-up to the Schumann Year about three years ago, a previously unknown manuscript of an album leaf for piano by Robert Schumann was found in the Leopold Sophien Library of Überlingen. The little piano piece, entitled ‘Ahnung’, had been given and dedicated by Klara Schumann to a friend of hers, the lithographer and writer Julius Allgeyer. In the Wiener Urtext Edition series, this little work is published for the first time in the run-up to the Schumann Year 2010.