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Schumann: A Little Piece, Op.68, No.5

Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Berens: Op. 70, No. 8 & No. 23 Christopher Norton: Duet for One (from The Microjazz Collection 1) Czerny: Op. 777, No. 3 Konrad Kuhner: School of Etudes, No. 1 (right before or after) Schumann: Op. 68, No. 3 Get Ready: creativ...
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From Schumann to Schoenberg

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Cover: Blaues Selbstportrait, 1910 by Schoenberg Breakfast was not a good idea before tackling measures seven and eight that featured sixty-fourth notes and tremolos, as well as a meter shift from 6/8 and 3/8 to 2/4, among other mind-bending directions. Is playing music meant to induce nausea?  At age ten, I took one year of piano lessons. Ado...
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January 12

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1864 - Premiere of J. Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann Op. 23, for piano four-hands, in Vienna.  
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Introducing students to the music of Schumann

B ecause of the textural , technical, and interpretive demands of music from the Romantic era, students usually do not encounter it until their early intermediate years. Most likely some of the first Romantic compositions a student will study will be by Robert Schumann, whose bicentennial is being celebrated this year. In this issue Sharon Stosur, ...
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Robert Schumann and the art of musical composition

F ollowing hard on the heels of the Mendelssohn bicentenary, 2010 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann (1810-1856), a composer who will surely garner his full share of symposia, concerts, and special events reassessing his place in the European canon. To a large extent, Schumann has fared  better in music histori...
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What practice strategies would you assign for the "Fantasy Dance" from Op. 124 by Schumann?

from the series: ​The Other Teacher: Home Practice Elvina Pearce, Editor Over the years I have always found the "Fantasy Dance" of Schumann ("Phantasietanz," No. 5 from the  Album L ea ves, Op . 124) to be an excellent teaching piece for the early advanced student. Marked pre s to, it is brilliant, and dramatic - a wonderful "show-off" pi...
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