Vikkan Lantry, a pianist with more talent than ambition, is content with his job at an upscale cocktail lounge until a request from reclusive sopra, Ulrike Vogel, draws him grudgingly back into the world of classical music. Ulrike's mysterious past, and her friendship with elderly Viennese pia teacher, Dieter Mann, usher Vikkan into an intrigue that begins in the nineteenth century with an unkwn song cycle composed by Robert Schumann, and ends in the present-day with a grisly double murder. As Vikkan probes the layers of deceit obscuring a killer's identity, The Schumann Proof reveals itself to be a study in ambition gone awry. The theme is hardly new, but The Schumann Proof gives it a fresh slant, examining t only the devastating results of too much seeking after personal glory, but the painful consequences of too little.
Peter Schaffter is a musician and writer. He graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music with the BMI Scholarship for excellence in composition and the Percy Faith Award. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.