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Romance for Oboe and Piano op. 94


In 1849, one of the most productive years in the whole of his output, Robert Schumann also turned his attention to three wind instruments in chamber music settings: his Drei Fantasiestücke (= Three Fantasy Pieces), Op. 73, for clarinet and piano as well as the Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, for horn and piano were both written within a single week in February. According to th... 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



Georg Meerwein (Editor)

Prof. Georg Meerwein, born 1932 in Bickensohl am Kaiserstuhl, first studied Protestant church music at the Badische Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe, but then changed over to orchestral music with oboe as his main subject at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg.

Meerwein performed as a soloist all over the world for several decades and was also a visiting professor at universities in Europe and Latin America, including at the Universidade Federal da Bahia Brazil from 1958 to 1961. Between 1989 and 2009 he gave master-classes in many South American countries. From 1962 to 1996 he was solo oboist and cor anglais player with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. As well as numerous radio and television appearances, Meerwein has, amongst other things, also made a recording of Mozart’s Piano Quintet K. 452 with Ingrid Haebler for Philips. He died on 25 December 2016.


Klaus Börner (Fingering)

Prof. Klaus Börner, born in 1929 in Senftenberg/Niederlausitz, studied the piano at the School of Music in Weimar (1949 Privatmusiklehrerexamen) and at the Conservatoire de Lausanne (1952 Examen de virtuosité). Piano masterclasses with Alfred Cortot, Edwin Fischer and Wilhelm Kempff rounded off his musical education.

In 1956 he won 1st prize in the International Piano Competition in Barcelona and in 1959 was chosen to be part of the “Bundesauswahl junger Künstler des Deutschen Musikrates”. He taught the piano and teaching methodology at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf and from 1969–1997 was Professor of Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and the Structure of Music in the Music Faculty at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He published the “Handbuch der Klavierliteratur zu vier Händen” (Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag, Zürich). Klaus Börner died in Neuss on 20 November 2018.