Fantasy Pieces op. 73 for Piano and Clarinet
Urtext Edition, Version for Violoncello, paperbound
with marked and unmarked string parts
Pages: 38 (V, 14, 5, 7, 7), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 422 · ISMN M-2018-0422-4
The circumstances in which these poetic “Soirée Pieces” (thus their original title) came into being are quite surprising. In 1849 Dresden was seized by violent political turmoil that ultimately forced Schumann to flee with Clara to the countryside. Yet none of this is apparent in the music of these three pieces, whose idyllic character signifies a longing for harmony and seclusion. Originally conceived for the clarinet, they were accompanied by alternative parts for violin and cello as early as the original print. We have subjected our editions to a thoroughgoing critique and include a section of detailed editorial notes.
The sheer popularity of the Fantasiestücke begs the question whether another edition of these pieces is really necessary, but the quality of the edition under review more than counters such concerns. That the print quality and layout is excellent – sharp and clearly laid out – almost goes without saying. But it is Ernst Herttrich’s exceptional editorial work, preface and comments that really make this edition worthwhile.
[Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 2007]