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Carnaval Op. 9

Revised Edition - with Comments in English

By Robert Schumann

Piano solo (Piano solo) - SMP Level 9 (Advanced)
Revised Edition - with Comments in English. Composed by Robert Schumann. Edited by Ernst Herttrich. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. Urtext edition-paper bound. Classical. Single piece (softcover). With introductory text and performance notes. 49 pages. G. Henle #HN187. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480187).

Item Number: HL.51480187

ISBN 9790201801872. 9x12 inches.

Schumann's turbulent love-affair with the barely eighteen-year-old Ernestine von Fricken, though strong enough to lead to a secret engagement, lasted only a few months. Nevertheless, it managed to give rise to one of his most frequently played compositions: Carnaval. Some of these twenty-one character pieces are named after figures from the commedia dell'arte, others after such fictitious creations as Florestan and Eusebius, in which Schumann acknowledges his own split personality. The mysterious way that these figures relate to specific people in Schumann's surroundings – and the deeper significance of the recurring motifs Ab-C-B and A-Eb-C-B - are explained in the editor's detailed commentary in this revised new edition.

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About SMP Level 9 (Advanced)

All types of major, minor, diminished, and augmented chords spanning more than an octave. Extensive scale passages.

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  • October 16, 2017 Henle edition, Carnaval op. 9

    Firstly, if you are a musician and don't know Carnaval, drop everything and listen! This is truly one of the most incredible romantic compositions, littered with content (both emotional, and intellectual) and amazing to research and learn about. Each movement has such a unique character, and the collection creates...

    a stunningly detailed and informative image of each individual, and gives us a little insight in regards to what was going on in Schumann's mind. I would recommend the Henle edition because it is very clean and easy to play from. Additionally, if you choose to perform this work, I would recommend giving "Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius" a read. Of course, I would recommend the reading to any, but would only approach this piece if you are an advanced player and have access to help from a knowledgable instructor.

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