Wednesday, 22 July 2009

285. Robert Schumann - Fantasy in C Major (1838)


Title: Fantasy in C, Papillons
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
Year: 1961
Length: 32 minutes


Another Schumann piano piece, but this time there is an added layer of interest. This is a case of strong Beethovian influence, particularly obvious in the third movement sonata, but which pervades the work.

This is only natural as the piece was a commission for the erecting of a Beethoven statue in Bonn. So the tributes are natural but Schumann actually does something interesting by updating them for his time.

So as Schumann pieces go this is one of the best up until this time, here Schumann gives himself more time to develop his musical themes with longer movements allowing him to run freer.

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Schumann's interest in music was prompted as a child by the performance of Ignaz Moscheles playing at Carlsbad, and he later developed an interest in the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn.

First Movement:

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