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Schumann’s manuscripts are going online

The Brahms Institute in Lübeck has successfully digitalised that great composer’s handwritten legacy. It is now getting to work on his mentor, Robert Schumann. So far, 128 works have been copied. Navigating the site is a little tricky, but it promises to be a terrific resource.

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  1. This will be a tremendous reference, thanks for the link!

    Many of Brahms’ manuscripts are not shown on that site; I assume that the number of works (128) includes those of other composers? For example, the manuscript of the F minor Piano Quintet can be downloaded from the Petrucci library ( The Brahms-Gesellschaft in Hamburg has the manuscript of the 2nd piano concerto which was supposed to appear as facsimile in the G. Henle-Edition sometime last year, but so far hasn’t appeared in print.

  2. Tricky, and all in German it appears. I wonder if they’re planning an English version at some point?

  3. The Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 manuscript has just appeared in a beautiful facsimile edition at the Laaber Verlag (

  4. I agree that this is a great resource. Until now I had been unable to find the first edition of Schumann’s Kreisleriana anywhere, for love or money. But here it is, in all its glory. Moreover, I have to agree with Charles Rosen that it is in many respects superior to the second, final edition.

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