The Henle catalogue contains almost all of Schumann’s works for piano in top quality editions. With the publication of op. 32 we are filling an important gap. In or-der to help his “Neue Zeitschrift für Musik” to become more successful, Schumann gave it a practical use: he enclosed the music for short works. The Bach-like “Gigue” and “Fughetta” also appeared here. The “Scherzo” and “Romance” are on the other hand Romantic forms. It was only later that he put the pieces in their current sequence. The renowned Schumann pianist Leif Ove Andsnes kindly allowed us to use his fingerings in our edition. It is a compelling alternative to the frequently used albums in teaching. And a real discovery for pianists who want to play Schumann’s magnificent music.
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- Scherzo, Gigue, Romance and Fughetta op. 32
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
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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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 …
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.
Fingered by Leif Ove Andsnes the work is tender and the score delightfully clean.
Une alternative attrayante aux pièces régulièrement jouées dans les classes de piano.