Schumann‘s Papillons op. 2 has been a best-selling item in Henle‘s catalogue for decades. What is special about our revised new edition? First, the musical text has been painstakingly compared once again to the two principal sources, the autograph manuscript and Schumann‘s personal copy of the printed edition. Moreover, the volume is rounded off with a new preface and an updated section of editorial comments. Being of moderate difficulty, Papillons is virtually ideal for use in piano lessons.
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Schumann’s Papillons were composed between 1829 and 1831. To a certain extent, these were the decisive years in his artistic development. Officially he was still a law student in Leipzig and Heidelberg, but the urge to devote himself entirely to the arts was growing ever stronger, and he planned to take up a career as a pianist. Having resolved to abandon his law studies … 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.|
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Hervorragende Neuausgabe mit ausführlichem Vorwort zur Entstehungsgeschichte und zum literarischen Hintergrund. Im Anhang kritischer Bericht mit Erläuterungen zu den vier Quellen und sehr hilfreiche literarische Hinweise zu nahezu allen Stücken anhand Schumanns Handexemplar der "Flegeljahre" (sehr empfehlenswert).
A new Henle edition of Schumann’s "Papillons" op. 2 improves on the 1976 edition, not least because of an easier layout for page turns. A more fulsome preface discusses the links between Papillons and the final scene of Jean Paul’s novel "Flegeljahre".