Combining these two Schumann bestsellers seemed very natural: both of the titles not only reflect their inner association but the technical demands on the pianist are for once not so great (see the levels of difficulty). And both works are collections of more-or-less short, succinct pieces that ever since their publication (in 1839 and 1848) were to “profoundly influence middle-class musical culture in the second half of the 19th century. To this day, they have lost hardly any of their appeal” (Ernst Herttrich in the preface).
- Level of difficulty (Explanation)
- Other titles with this level of difficulty
- Scenes from Childhood op. 15
- Von fremden Ländern und Menschen op. 15,1
- Piano 4 medium
ABRSM: Piano Grade 5 (recommended)
Many editions group Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood op. 15 and Album for the Young op. 68 in one volume. There is reason enough to do so: the titles of the two works, for example, and the similar level of difficulty of the pieces, if we except the somewhat easier Part I of the Album. However, the opus numbers show that there is a considerable time gap between the origin of … more
About the composer
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).
|1810||Born in Zwickau on June 8, the son of a bookdealer.|
|from 1828||Studies law in Leipzig, piano with Friedrich Wieck. Decision to pursue a career in music.|
|1830–39||He 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).|
|1832||A 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”).|
|1835–44||Editor of the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal of Music).|
|1840||Marriage to Clara Wieck; 138 songs, including the Eichendorff Liederkreis, Op. 39; the song cycle “Dichterliebe,” Op. 48|
|1841||Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major (“Spring” Symphony), Op. 38, and Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120.|
|1842||Three string quartets, Op. 41; further chamber music.|
|1843||Teacher of composition at the Leipzig Conservatory. Oratorio “Paradise and the Peri,” Op. 50.|
|1845||He settles in Dresden. Journey to Russia.|
|1845||Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61.|
|1850||City 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.|
|1853||Beginning of his friendship with Brahms. Completion of the Scenes from Faust. Violin Concerto in D minor for Joseph Joachim.|
|1854||Suicide attempt and admission to the psychiatric institution in Endenich, near Bonn.|
|1856||Death in Endenich on July 29.|
About the authors
This is a highly imaginative set of pieces, showing a complete change of Zeitgeist from the Minuets, Bagatelles and even Ländler of previous eras to these pictures of Sheherazade, The Stranger and a Venice Lagoon.
En cuidada y muy bien documentada edicíon urtext llega este álbum con las dos obras fundamentales dedicadas a los niños y jóvenes por Schumann.