CHAPTER 13
The Years in Düsseldorf

You know what musical life is like in a small German city—God help us!

—Mendelssohn on Düsseldorf

THE ARRIVAL OF THE SCHUMANNS IN DÜSSELDORF ON THE evening of 2 September 1850 could not have been more auspicious. They were greeted by Ferdinand Hiller and a committee from the city, and escorted to the Hotel Breidenbach—the city's finest hotel—where they found rooms awaiting them decorated with flowers. Later in the evening they were serenaded by Düsseldorf's Choralverein. It was the start of festivities in their honor. On the 7th, as he attended a concert consisting solely of his own works, Schumann was greeted by a flourish of trumpets when he entered the hall. Every effort was made not just to make the Schumanns feel welcome, but to make clear to them they were honored and distinguished guests.

Schumann's employer was the city, represented by the Burgomeister and a music committee. The duties associated with his new position were numerous. He was to direct both the choral society and the orchestra, producing ten concerts as part of an annual series. In addition, he was required each year to direct four programs of music for the Maximilian and Lambertus churches. It was also expected that he would

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