Recorded on 04/17/2007, uploaded on 01/24/2009
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II. Romanze; III. Scherzino; IV. Intermezzo; V. Finale
traveled to Vienna in 1838 in hopes of improving his financial and
artistic situation enough to win the approval of the father of his beloved
Clara Wieck. The period was a fertile one for Schumann. During his visit he
composed several important piano works including the Faschingsschwank aus Wien, literally translated as "Carnival Jest
from Vienna." The piece
is a tribute to the celebration of Mardi Gras: revelry that includes music,
drama, mime, masquerade, and dance.
the opening movement, Schumann takes sly revenge on the Austrian censor who
forbade the singing of the Marseillaise,
on the grounds that such a revolutionary piece might cause public
disorder. In the midst of a stream of
interruptions to the boisterous blaring first theme, a French patriot appears
and bursts into the offending song. The
plaintive Romanze is followed by an ebullient Scherzino. The impassioned Intermezzo features a soaring
melody above a dark swirl of accompaniment. An exuberant Finale in sonata-form
closes the work. Mimi Solomon
Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien ("Carnival
Scenes from Vienna") for solo piano is a rather unusual work falling somewhere
in between a suite and a sonata. It consists of five movements that nearly
fulfill the usual movements of a sonata, though they are arranged in a
The first movement is a vast Allegro in triple time.
One of the more technically challenging movements, it begins with a waltz tune
which then alternates with six different episodes. The episodes vary greatly,
from the lyrical to the off-kilter and even the militant. The movement comes to
an impressive close with sweeping arpeggios and full chords. Following is a
lyrical Romanze in G minor. Simple and concise, it presents a mournful
melody interrupted only by a brief section in C major.
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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