Robert Schumann(1810 – 1856) was a German composer, aesthete and influential music critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most representative composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law to return to music, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.
Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899) The genius of Johann Strauss genius lay in his ability to take the popular salon music of Vienna in the early decades of the 19th century – with its clear emphasis on melody and dance rhythms – and convert it into music which not only became fashionable but which in time evolved into high art.