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Kinderszenen, Urtext (with critical notes)

Scenes from Childhood

By Robert Schumann

Piano and Keyboard Piano - SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)
Scenes from Childhood. Composed by Robert Schumann. Edited by J. Draheim. Arranged by J. Draheim. Edition with preface and notes on interpretation. With Standard notation. Wiener Urtext/Vienna Urtext #UT050190. Published by Wiener Urtext/Vienna Urtext (PR.UT050190).

Item Number: PR.UT050190

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 6-8.

About SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)

4 and 5-note chords spanning more than an octave. Intricate rhythms and melodies.

  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Marcus M.
    New York
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  • June 14, 2015 Highly recommended edition of this work

    At first glance one may ask: Where are Schumann's metronome markings, printed in other urtext editions and even promoted online by Henle? But a seven-page preface, after tracing Kinderszenen's genesis and reception and publication and history, thoroughly addresses this question. The metronome markings from the corrected first...

    edition (1839) are listed together with counter-suggestions by Otto Böhme (a friend of Schumann's) and Clara Schumann. Their exclusion from the main text is justified by evidence (downplayed by Henle) that they were added without Schumann's knowledge. "These markings will not absolve today's performers from finding their own appropriate tempi...although all three...will generally serve to counteract the current widespread tendency to sentimentalise these works by dragging the tempi." The notes on interpretation (which extensively quote Robert, Clara, and Clara's students) are also illuminating. Plus, I find the fingering suggestions readable and effective. Bravo!

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