- I always want you when I’m coming down -

Ending bars of a copy of a piano piece made for Clara Wieck Schumann by Felix Mendelssohn, 1835.

This leaf is from the “Schumann Album,” an enormous scrapbook created by Robert and Clara for the “safekeeping of their children.” The volume contains musical manuscripts by both parents as well as by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and others; the handwriting of Haydn and Weber; various letters and journal clippings; sketches and memento drawings by numerous famous artists; and pressed flowers and other sundry artifacts. 

The Schumann grandchildren sold the book to the Saxon State Library in 1934; it was stored securely in a basement, but during the war was substantially damaged by flooding. Some of the documents have since been successfully restored, and much of the album has been digitized.