Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
Introduction Schumann’s Scenes of Childhood are a tender evocation of the world of children – their games, dreams, fantasies, and fears. While most of these thirteen pieces fall within the technical ability of intermediate players (Schumann himself goes so far as to call them “Easy Piano Pieces” in his subtitle), their musical sophistication makes them a challenge, and an inspiration, to even the most accomplished pianists. This is music about children, not for children. The first piece, Of Foreign Lands and People, is a portal to this youthful dream world. The title suggests a bedtime story of faraway, magical places,...
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