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Other titles of this difficulty
Scherzo, Gigue, Romance and Fughetta op. 32
Scherzo op. 32
7 difficult
Gigue op. 32
7 difficult
Romanze op. 32
7 difficult
Fughette op. 32
6 medium


At the end of September 1838 Schumann made a trip to Vienna. His aim was to find there a new place of publication for his NEUE ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR MUSIK, the periodical he had founded in Leipzig in 1834, and to set up a new home for himself and Clara. The negotiations came to naught, however; nor was he able to make headway in Vienna as a composer. His stay lasted until April ... more


About the Composer


Robert Schumann

Connected with his oeuvre is the term he coined, Poetic Music, with which he strove for a fusion of literature and music, a paradigm particularly seen in his lyric piano pieces prior to 1839. Thereafter he devoted himself to other genres (song, symphony, chamber music, among others).

1810Born in Zwickau on June 8, the son of a bookdealer.
from 1828Studies law in Leipzig, piano with Friedrich Wieck. Decision to pursue a career in music.
1830–39He exclusively composes piano works, mostly cycles, including “Papillons,” Op. 2 (1829–32); “Carnaval,” Op 9 (1834/35); “Davidsbündlertänze,” Op. 6 (1837); “Kinderszenen” (“Scenes from Childhood”), Op. 15 (1837/38); “Kreisleriana,” Op. 16 (1838); “Noveletten,” Op. 21 (1838).
1832A paralysis of a finger in his right hand makes a career as a pianist impossible. Founding in 1833 of the fantasy brotherhood the “Davidsbund” (“League of David”).
1835–44Editor of the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal of Music).
1840Marriage to Clara Wieck; 138 songs, including the Eichendorff Liederkreis, Op. 39; the song cycle “Dichterliebe,” Op. 48
1841Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major (“Spring” Symphony), Op. 38, and Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120.
1842Three string quartets, Op. 41; further chamber music.
1843Teacher of composition at the Leipzig Conservatory. Oratorio “Paradise and the Peri,” Op. 50.
1845He settles in Dresden. Journey to Russia.
1845Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61.
1850City music director in Düsseldorf. Premiere in Leipzig of his opera “Genoveva,” Op. 81. Symphony in E-flat major (“Rhenish”), Op. 97; Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129.
1853Beginning of his friendship with Brahms. Completion of the Scenes from Faust. Violin Concerto in D minor for Joseph Joachim.
1854Suicide attempt and admission to the psychiatric institution in Endenich, near Bonn.
1856Death in Endenich on July 29.

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About the Authors

Wiltrud Haug-Freienstein (Editor)

Dr. Wiltrud Haug-Freienstein, born in 1955 in Riedlingen, read musicology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and was awarded her doctorate in 1987 for her thesis entitled “Motiv, Thema und Kompositionsaufbau bei Franz Liszt”.

She started out as a freelance editor for G. Henle Publishers, where she became a permanent editor in 1987, following a three-year period at the Richard Wagner Complete Edition in Munich. She remained at G. Henle Publishers until 2008. She edited and supervised the publication of numerous Urtext editions.


Leif Ove Andsnes (Fingering)

Die gut zu gebrauchende Henle Ausgabe benützt Schumanns Handexemplar als Hauptquelle. Sie ergänzt alle fehlenden, musikalisch notwendigen Vortragszeichen. Es lohnt sich, die nicht allzu schweren Werke zu spielen, obwohl sie ursprünglich sicherlich nicht als Konzertstücke gedacht waren …

NMZ, 2007

Mit der vorliegenden Veröffentlichung schließt der Henle-Verlag eine nicht unbedeutende Lücke in seinem eigenen Verlagsprogramm und stellt zugleich der Kempff-Ausgabe eine moderne Urtextedition gegenüber, für die Leif Ove Andsnes seine Fingersätze beisteuerte.

Piano News, 2006

Fingered by Leif Ove Andsnes the work is tender and the score delightfully clean.

Piano professional, 2006

Une alternative attrayante aux pièces régulièrement jouées dans les classes de piano.

Crescendo, 2006