Since 1976, a number of symposia and conferences have taken place in Zwickau, referred to as “Wissenschaftliche Arbeitstagungen zu Fragen der Schumann-Forschung” [Academic Seminars on Issues Relating to Schumann Research]. Initially organised by the then College of Education, they later on were increasingly due to the initiative of the Robert Schumann Society. The lectures and papers were published in a total of 11 “Berichtshefte” [Proceedings] (Zwickau 1977-1987) most of which have been exhausted for a long time, but a few copies are still available via publisher Studio • Verlag in Sinzig or the Schumann Society. 

In 1988, the publication series “Schumann-Studien” [Schumann Studies] was set up, edited first by the Academic Secretary of the Robert Schumann Society, Hans Joachim Köhler (Leipzig), on behalf of the Council of the Town of Zwickau (Department of Culture), and since 1989 by Gerd Nauhaus (Zwickau). The first volume contained the proceedings of the 12th Seminar held in 1987 together with further “free contributions” of which one, in particular, the laudation by Elmar Budde on the occasion of the award of the Robert Schumann Prize of the Town of Zwickau to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the same year, can virtually be deemed a harbinger of the political changeover, given that before it would have been unimaginable to award such prize to a West German or even West Berlin artist. In the immediate run-up to the decisive changes in the GDR, volume 2 of the Schumann Studies appeared in 1989, after which there was a break of several years which was due to the turnaround situation in cultural and academic life.

A substantial double volume (Schumann Studies 3 / 4) continued the publications which were by now entirely under the aegis of the Robert Schumann Society on behalf of which the series is still looked after to this day by Gerd Nauhaus resp. Thomas Synofzik, as well by the publishing house of the unfortunately too early deceased Dr Ulrich Tank in Cologne (now: publisher Studio • Verlag Sinzig, Dr Gisela Schewe). The spectrum of contributions was highly diverse; previous ideological paternalism, occasionally noticeable, was now overcome for good. After publication of the following volumes (vol. 5, 1996, and 6, 1997), a new series of special volumes was set up additionally and opened with the doctoral thesis by Stefan Bromen of the University of Cologne. In the meantime, here, along with major treatises on Robert Schumann’s youth poetry (A. Heero, 2003) and on the circle surrounding Clara Schumann (R. Brunner, 2005), a facsimile edition of Schumann’s “Musikalische Haus- und Lebensregeln” [Musical Rules for Life and the Home] (G. Nauhaus, 2002) appeared also, whist the “regular” series was continued with volumes 7 and 8.

On the Schumann-Studien [Schumann Studies], cf. the full index on:

Gerd Nauhaus, Translation: Thomas Henninger

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