Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Writing Prompts with Robert Schuman

Today is the birthday of Robert Schuman, a German composer born in 1810.  Did you know that Robert Schuman was training to be a concert pianist, but badly injured his right hand when he was 20, so from there he started composing?  There is a great article about Robert Schuman featured today at Writer's Almanac if you would like to learn more about him. 

In honor of Robert Shcuman's birthday, I am offering this beautiful music video, "Romance Violin," accompanied by images of dancers and roses.  For your free-write prompt today, I ask you to play the music and/or view the images and let them be your guide.


Now, let's look at some of Robert Schuman's quotes and we'll base our writing prompts off of those. 

"It is music's lofty mission to shed light on the depths of the human heart.”  - Robert Schuman

Poetry prompt:  Write about a poem about how music has shed light on your heart.  Be specific about the music that has moved you.  Name the songs, the instruments, the concert experiences or talk about the joy of playing, singing, etc.


“People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever.” - Robert Schuman

Essay Prompt: Write about why you write or create.


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