Recorded on 12/31/2008, uploaded on 04/22/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Papillons, composed in 1829-31, was Schumann's first
set of character pieces for the piano and, only a couple of years later, would
serve as the starting point for another set of character pieces—Carnaval. Greatly influenced by literature from a young age, Schumann based Papillons on Jean Paul Richter's novel Flegeljahre (Age of Indiscretion).
Originally, each of the twelve pieces of Papillons bore a title that
made direct reference to Jean Paul's novel. However, as was Schumman's custom,
he removed the descriptive titles prior to publication, attempting to conceal
his source of inspiration from the general music public.
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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