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  1. Blog
    Schumann's 2nd quartet is in four movements, and is about twenty minutes long, usually. Like some other 'second' works it was actually written first in a hectic period of just a month that saw him whisk off 3 quartets. There's no quirky Beethovenian introduction in this one but a first theme...
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    Rattled off in a few days, Schumann's 3rd quartet has always been a favourite of mine (I think it was the first chamber piece I saw performed live). Its a great quartet and I have a special affinity for the 2nd movement in particular, a smorgasbord of variations and, when done well, tends to...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Schumann is known for including quotations and references to his earlier works, and these are often analyzed - but I haven't found any mention of this one. Is this too attenuated/dissimilar to be considered a quotation? In Kreisleriana (1838) No. 4, there is a theme that repeats throughout, you...
  4. Blog
    I've been listening to Schumann's Quartet all week (it's always been one of my favourite SQs) and thought I'd share some of my thoughts on a few of the recordings I've been listening to. Don't expect intelligent musical theory as these are just emotional responses to the recordings. These...
  5. Recorded Music and Publications
    A superb recording of Schumann's Kinderszenen performed by the talented young French pianist Merwan Mazloum. This recording was made on a modelled Steinway B piano. Enjoy! 7. Träumerei (Dreaming) 5. Glückes genug (Happy Enough) 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks) The complete...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Hi everyone, I'm reading a book about Romanticism (Barzun, "Classic, Romantic and Modern"), and one of the points the author makes is that Romanticists were realists, in the sense that they were interested in facts, the multitude of particular truths about the world. So painters, for example...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    This works is really mysterious, it's not widely known nor even considered a major work by Schumann yet it captures me everytime I listen to it, espceially this extraordinary recording It's kind of melancholic but not very depressing piece escpecially the 1st movement; considering the mental...
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    So I have another thread about my current college audition repertoire, which I would use in a year from now since I am a junior in high school. My teacher recently brought up Schumann’s Kresleriana, does anyone think this could possibly be an appropriate piece to audition with under the...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    Does anyone have this set, and can you tell me if the Sawallisch symphonies on it are in their remastered version? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orchestral-Works-Anniversary-Robert-Schumann/dp/B003CSS1GW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450906996&sr=8-1&keywords=schumann+orchestral+works The four-CD set...
  10. Orchestral Music
    For all those who are interested in the piano concerto repertoire: I just uploaded the pdf-score of the "Concertino for piano and orchestra op.63" by German composer Gerhard Schumann (1914-1976) to my website. I own the original autograph of the composition and created the score to support the...
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    I regress. Previously in one of the strands, I expressed distaste for him because of his one recording, "Der Jäger" - which did not suit his vocal range in its original key. But now, listening to his interpretation of Schumann's Dichterliebe, I must say I was completely wrong. Kaufmann is a...
  12. Classical Music Discussion
    Schumann(s) to include his Wife, Clara. Who do you prefer for Art Songs and Piano compositions? Why?
  13. Solved Cases (archive)
    This video has Schumann orchestral music playing, but doesn't state the piece.
  14. Classical Music Discussion
    Which of these two great Romantic piano works do you find more compelling to listen to? I love the Schumann Fantasy's 1st and last movements but think it is weakened overall by the 2nd movement March. To me, the Liszt Sonata is much more seamless and beautiful throughout the entire work.
  15. Solo & Chamber Music
    So I've been listening to the three sonatas for violin and piano by Robert Schumann (a great recording by Jennifer Koh and Reiko Uchida, well worth a listen!) and I wanted to learn more about the posthumously published third sonata. I found an allmusic.com review of the aforementioned recording...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    I am wondering who the most multi-disciplinary composers are? I'm describing what's now known as a polyartist, used to be more often called Renaissance men. Many people were good at composing, like Charlie Chaplin, who did other things equally as well or much better. I know Saint-Saens was a...
  17. Classical Music Discussion
    The Young Dead If you could lift one (or a couple) of composers who died young (say before 50) out of the grave to continue their illustrious careers, who would be your first choices? I can think of five: Mozart (35), Schubert (31), Schumann (36) , Mendelssohn (38), Bellini (34)....I'm sure...
  18. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Who's music do you prefer and why?
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    I have just discovered a work by Schumann (op. 56) and I think is amazing. Do you have any recommendation of other works?
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    When it comes to your favourite music, have you found that the first versions you heard (or got to know, at any rate) have stayed with you as favourites - because they became the way you wanted to hear that music? Became the way it sounded in your head? For me, a few performances have become...
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