Recorded on 03/22/2005, uploaded on 01/21/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell (Lively, not too fast); Lebhaft
und sehr markiert (Lively and very decisive); Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem
Ausdruck (Calm, with tender expression); Lebhaft, sehr markiert (Lively, very
Robert Schumann composed his
Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano in 1853; it is one of his very
last works. Märchenerzählungen means, literally, "tales of fables" and harkens
back to the childlike world that Schumann had evoked fifteen years earlier in
his Kinderszenen, Op. 15. While only the third of the four pieces of the
collection is in a slow tempo, the entire work is pervaded with the deepest
melancholy, which seems to be emphasized by the very natures of its instrumentation. Alon Goldstein
Schumann composed the Märchenbilder ("Fairytale
Pictures") in March 1851, not long after the first signs of his mental illness
began to show. These four pieces fall, chronologically, in between the first
two violin sonatas, also composed in the same year. However, the Märchenbilder
have more in common with the popular fantasy pieces of Schumann's earlier
period than with the tormented music of his last years.
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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