During Schumann’s lifetime, much political upheaval was experienced in his hometown of Dresden. In early 1849, fighting had begun.
Schumann, his wife, and eldest daughter were forced to flee their home after the republican army attempted to draft Schumann. They made their way to the countryside of Bad Kreischa, just outside of Dresden, where Schumann continued to write. By the end of the year, he was able to return to Dresden. This chaos he and his family experienced can be heard through his music.