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Extracts from diaries and letters written between March 23 and March 29

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March 23

1881, London

[To her friend, the eminent composer Johannes Brahms. Schumann was on a concert tour of England.] I often think about you coming here. What a reception you would have! But you would also feel most uncomfortable, although in many respects England has changed a good deal. Everything, however, is still very formal...

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