Schumann and the Kinderszenen

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Schumann and the Kinderszenen Robert Schumann, composer throughout the early- to mid-nineteenth century, is probably best known for his songs and piano works. Before injuring his finger most likely through the use of a chiroplast (an instrument that guides the hands while playing; highly controversial), Schumann was an avid piano player, if not a proper concert pianist and virtuoso[1]. But due to this ailing finger, Schumann had to eventually find other means to support his life. Thankfully for us, he eventually turned to composition, and furthermore, to piano composition. His affinity for piano led to some of the best character pieces for piano ever created, including the piano cycles Papillon, Carnaval, and Kreisleriana. But these…show more content…
Koßmaly continues by saying that through the “truth of description, [and] the naturalness of the coloration” Kinderszenen achieves cohesiveness.[7] But also, it is worth noting that the repetition of certain themes, including the melody in the opening line of the cycle from Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Figure 2), also play a role in connecting individual movements despite the stylistic differences between them.[8] [pic] It is this cohesiveness that plays a vital role in the immersion of the listener into the music, and therefore ultimately determined the public success of the piece. Unlike many of Schumann 's earlier piano cycles, Kinderszenen received quite a favorable public reception. In fact, it was Schumann 's most financially successful collection to date, which was especially important since at that time he was attempting to prove himself both professionally and financially to Friedrich Wieck, Clara 's father, so he could marry Clara. This success may have been a result of the differences made between the Kinderszenen and his previous works as outlined above, but perhaps also the favorable reception may have been a result of Schumann 's return to simplistic forms and ideas instead of over-complicating his

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