The composition of the Quintet made him spend sleepless nights: when Schumann, in a very short time, completed in 1842 the Quintet for piano and strings, he was physically and mentally exhausted. The work, however, leaves nothing to show the efforts of the composer, quite the contrary. According to Clara Schumann, this new work is "full of vigor and freshness" and also "the most brilliant and impressive". Even Wagner joins the general approval. Opus 44 is quickly becoming one of Schumann's most popular compositions and is still a jewel of chamber music literature. If the Quintet partly recalls a piano concerto with orchestra in the dimensions of a string quartet, it is because it was intended for Clara's repertoire. The work is also dedicated to the virtuoso pianist.