Robert Schumann as a “film composer”

On entering “Robert Schumann” under the category of “Musik”, the “ZweitausendeinsLexikon des Internationalen Films” [“2001 Encyclopaedia of International Films”] currently lists (as at December 2012) 31 film titles with music by Robert Schumann.

Here, the freely available information always includes exact data on title, year of first release, producer’s country, production company, direction, script, camera, editing, and actors. For the music, all composers are named but not the exact titles. For "Song of Love"(1947), for example, the first Hollywood film about Clara and Robert Schumann, the following composers of the film music are listed: Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt and BronsilawKaper. For "Das Hofkonzert" ["The Court Concert"], a German production of 1936 about a small residence by the river Main during the Biedermeier period, the following composers are listed: Robert Schumann, Edmund Nick and FerencVecsey. For the Horowitz film in which Vladimir Horowitz and his wife Wanda, Toscanini’s daughter, starthemselves "Horowitz – the Last Romantic" (USA, 1985), a documentary film -,it is Horowitz himself playing music ofSkriabin, Moszkowski, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Chopin, and Liszt. For "Karneval" ["Carnival"] of 1960, a Swedish feature film, the film music is based solely on Robert Schumann, and this not only on Carnaval Op. 9. 

"The Internet Movie Database" currently (as at December 2012) documents 111 films from 1926 ("Gretchen Schubert") onwards – feature films, short films, musicals, documentary films, TV films,etc. -, in which Robert Schumann is given as the "film composer" (soundtrack), that is, compositions of his are used as film music. These are frequently individual titles from Kinderszenen [Scenes from Childhood] Op. 15 (here, "Träumerei" ["Dreaming"], in particular), Dichterliebe [The Poet’s Love] Op. 48 (e.g., "Ichgrollenicht" ["I Do Not Chide You"], also popular as a postcard motif, employed, amongst others, in Woody Allen’s "A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy" of 1982 and in the TV film about the bestseller of the neurologist Oliver Sacks "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat"], but Davidsbündlertänze [Dances of the League of David] Op. 6, lieder from Myrthen [Myrtles] Op. 25, and Album für die Jugend [Album for the Young] Op. 68are found as well.Carnaval Op. 9 enjoys particular popularity as a film music title, occasionally even as the film title itself. 


(I.B., translated by Thomas Henninger)

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