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Schumann: Abendlied for Piano Quartet

By Robert Schumann

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Piano Quartet - Early Intermediate
Composed by Robert Schumann. Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. Romantic Period, Repertoire, General Instructional, Anniversary, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 9 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.316757).

Item Number: S0.316757

Op. 85/12 Piano Quartet: Abendlied (Evening Song) by Robert Schumann Op. 85, No. 12. Duration: 3:10 Score: 3 pg. 29 ms. common time. Lento – quarter note = 40. Piano part: 2 pg. solo parts 1 pg.
In 1848, Robert Schumann was only 38 years old. Nevertheless, he was already weakening as a composer and conductor.  His productivity was slowing down. Furthermore, his conducting job at one of the world’s oldest orchestras had come under great criticism.
Schumann became inspired by the death of his friend Felix Mendelssohn the year before. Similarly, he was stimulated by the Revolutions of 1848, and consequently composed some of his most substantive works.  It was during this last period of inspiration that he wrote his Scenes from Faust. Furthermore, he finished the Requiem for Mignon and the Introduction and Allegro for Piano & Orchestra.  Next, he composed Scenes from the Forest for piano. Finally, he composed the Twelve Four-hand Piano Works for Small & Large Children, Op. 85. This collection turns out to be Schumann’s last great collection of piano literature.
 
The final movement (Op.85/12 Alto Flute) of this great collection is entitled “Abendlied” or Evening Song. It is a very effective recital encore especially following a more aggressive or fast-paced piece. This is a chance to develop long rubato phrases and demonstrate your musical sensitivity. This music sets a quiet, mysterious, and somewhat melancholy mood reminiscent of evening-time just after sunset when the shadows become long and the sky begins to darken. Register for free lifetime updates and revisions of this product at www.jamesguthrie.com

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