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Humoresque in B-flat Major, Op. 20

Revised Edition

By Robert Schumann

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Piano - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Revised Edition. Composed by Robert Schumann. Edited by Ernst Herttrich. Piano (Harpsichord), 2-hands. Henle Music Folios. Pages: VII and 39. Softcover. 52 pages. G. Henle #HN441. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480441).

Item Number: HL.51480441

9.25x12.25 inches.

“Do you not know Jean Paul, our great writer? I have learnt more couterpoint from him that from my music teacher.” His Vorschule der Ästhetik with its extensive treatment of humour probably occasioned to Schumann to think of giving a piano work the title Humoreske – thus giving birth to a new musical genre. The “romantic humour” is not, however, aimed at humour in a modern sense of the word, but rather at a portrayal of the fragility and contradictory nature of the human condition. As if in a kaleidoscope, Schumann juxtaposes the most diverse elements of form and moods. Ernst Herttrich's revision reflects the latest scholarly findings for this unusual work.

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Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.