Recorded on 12/05/2006, uploaded on 01/14/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Bunte Blätte is a collection of fourteen short pieces
composed between 1836 and 1849. The
selections performed today (the first Little Piece, the second and first Album
Leaves, and the Novellette) were all composed around the time when Robert was
corresponding with Clara Wieck, his life-long love, muse and wife-to-be. The first Little Piece, a beautiful song
without words was dedicated to Clara, "to my beloved bride for Christmas Eve
1838". The Novelletten, according to
Schumann, represented romantic stories.
The title has no connection with the word "novel", but whimsically
alludes to Clara, being created from the family name of Clara Novello, a famous
singer of the time. As Schumann wrote
to his Clara, "because your name is Clara, and Wiecketten would not sound
well". Milica Jelača Jovanović
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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