Schumann: Scenes from Childhood

ABC Classics
Mar 14, 2017 · 3 min read

At the dawn of the Romantic era, Schumann’s rich musical imagination takes flight in enchanting works for solo piano.


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In 1838, when Clara Wieck accepted Schumann’s proposal of marriage (notwithstanding her father’s vehement disapproval of their relationship), Schumann poured out his joy in a series of pieces including Kinderscenen and Novelletten. Meanwhile:

  • Queen Victoria is crowned in Westminster Abbey; some 400,000 people travel to London for the celebrations.

Fast Facts

  • Schumann began his musical life as a pianist, hoping to pursue a career as a virtuoso performer, but an injury to the middle finger of his right hand when he was 21 put paid to those plans. He refocussed his energies on composition, and also on music criticism: his concert reviews are full of insightful observations on the new music of the day.

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