Remembrance of Things Past: French manuscript museum reopens with intimacies by Proust and the Schumanns
A collection of personal papers from Marcel Proust is the star attraction for the reopening of the Musée des lettres et manuscrits in Paris today. (The original museum was created by Gérard L'Héritier at another location in 2004.)
The broad collection of original papers includes music, spanning the 17th to 20th centuries, from Lully to Prokofiev.
The Romantic collection includes a lovingly matched set (recto and verso) of improvisations Robert and Clara Schumann dedicated to each other in 1853, in lieu of what, for ordinary people, would be an exchange of love notes (Robert would die two-and-a-half years later).
According to the museum, Robert's moment musical is a variation based on a theme from his Symphonic Etudes. Clara's is based on the first piece in the second set of his Bunte Blätter.
Understandably, the museum has set up its website so that I can't show you the manuscript. To do so, click here (typically for many French institutions, there is no English option available for visitors).