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Schumann Autographs
Autograph from Concert sans orchestre, op. 14. 14.4.1836
Autograph from Concert sans orchestre, op. 14. 14.4.1836

Bonn University Library holds an extensive collection of music autographs and letters from Clara and Robert Schumann, the core of which goes back to 1974. In that year the University Library with financial support from the German land North Rhine-Westphalia and from the University was able to acquire 36 music autographs as well as 11 letters from Robert and 6 letters from Clara Schumann. The acquisition of three so-called Studienbücher from Robert Schumann was particularly important, given that they were hardly accessible for research purposes before. In the same year it was possible to buy two further Studienbücher of Robert Schumann, a sixth sketchbook followed in 1991. Further music autographs and correspondence, which had been bought before or were acquired in the following years, complement the collection. The holdings in Bonn - together with the collections of the Heinrich-Heine-Institut in Düsseldorf, in the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, and the State Libraries in Berlin and Dresden - are considered as one of the most important Schumann collections in Germany.

The Schumanniana of Bonn University Library belong to the most valuable and most frequently used holdings of the manuscripts department. Therefore Bonn University Library digitized these holdings in the past years and offers online access to its digital collections. The Schumann autographs are freely accessible, the use is free of charge. The resolution is sufficient for screen display. Bonn University Library offers high resolution image files for reproduction purposes upon request for a fee.

Translation: Beate Sandmann

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