The famous, wonderful first of Schumann’s three late violin sonatas, that in a minor op. 105, was written in just a few days in September 1851. In regard to publication of the present edition, violinist Florian Sonnleitner remarked that he loved to play this one so much because “very compact in form, and in the merciless key of a minor, it is one of the most direct mirrors of Schumann’s inner life”. The Henle Urtext edition is based on the autograph and on Schumann’s working copy of the first printing.
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Schumann wrote out his first Sonata for Piano and Violin, op. 105, in the course of a few days in September 1851. The exact dates of composition are recorded in the Haushaltbuch: 12 Sept 1851 “Duo for Pfte and Vn”, 14 Sept “[Duo] for Vn and Pfte”, 15 Sept “almost finished with Sonata for Vn”, 16 Sept “busy – finished with sonata” (Robert Schumann, Tagebücher, … 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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Mit der ... Urtextausgabe dieser ebenso berühmten wie schönen Sonate von Schumann steht nunmehr eine Ausgabe zur Verfügung, die durch Genauigkeit in Dynamik und Artikulation dem Interpreten bei Studium des Werkes neue Aspekte vermittelt. Der Violinpart ist mit ausgezeichneten Bogen- und Fingersatzangaben eingerichtet..