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Robert Schumann, Advice to Young Musicians – Revisited by Steven Isserlis

“From a pound of iron, which costs virtually nothing, a thousand watch-springs can be made, which are worth a fortune. That pound, which you have received from the Lord use it faithfully.”

Steven Isserlis, a cellist, is also an eclectic and multi-talented musician in promoting music, even with editorial works. He dedicated these pages, to Robert Schumann, probably one of his favorite musicians, carrying to the present day a notebook written by the romantic musician and dedicated to his own and all the music students who are passionate about this art. It contains aphorisms and writings about the learning of musical techniques reviewed, rearranged et integrated by Isserlis with other indications derived from his experience as a modern musician.

Schumann’s message, therefore, remains still meaningful but is re-proposed for today’s young players with an engaging style that involves fast and enthusiastic sharing but at the same time leads to reflection, carefully, especially if you read through it methodically and continuously. The pieces of advice are to those who study music but also those who are committed to teaching it.

Robert Schumann (Zwickau 8 June 1810, Endenich 29 July 1856) was a German pianist, composer, and music critic, one of the greatest composers of Romantic music. He was married to Clara Schumann, also a pianist and composer. We briefly remember his compositions for cello: The Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, op. 129, which was composed by Robert Schumann in October 1850, and the numerous works for cello and piano.

Steven Isserlis is a British cellist known around the world for his profound musicality and refined technique.
However, his career boasts success as a soloist, a chamber musician, and a performer who played with the main orchestras of the world but also as an educator and furthermore an author and writer, like in this case.
As a solo cellist, he has played with the main orchestras of the world and with the most important conductors. Just a few examples: Berliner Philarmonic, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, London Philarmonic, and Zurich Tonhalle. He participates in performances with chamber groups, including conducting and promoting an ensemble with period instruments. He wrote the text of the three musical stories for children: Little Red Violin, Goldiepegs, The Three Cellos, and Cinderella. In addition, he wrote other books dedicated to musicians in general: Why Beethoven Threw the Stew and Why Tchaikovsky Hid Under the Sofa. He regularly appears on radio broadcasts on BBC Radio and in today’s program: Soul Music. Steven Isserlis frequently offers master classes in the world and he is the artistic director of The International Seminar of Musicians in Prussia Cove in Cornwall. He received numerous prizes and awards for his work as a musician. He plays a cello Marquis of Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius of 1726, kindly lent to him by the Royal Academy of Music.


Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians: Revisited by Steven Isserlis
Faber & Faber (September 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0571330916
ISBN-13: 978-0571330911

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