SCHUMANN, Robert, 1810-1856

Album für die Jugend op.68
Faksimile nach dem Autograph aus dem Robert-Schumann-Haus,
Zwickau. Herausgegeben und mit einer Einführung von Michael Beiche

[Album for the Young, piano, op.68]

Schumann, Album for the Young, op.68

Schumann, Album for the Young op.68, cover

Schumann, Album for the Young op.68

Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 43. Laaber, 2017. Oblong, 28.5 x 21.5 cm, xxi, 94 pp.

Full-color facsimile of the autograph score, together with some entries by his wife Clara, and two pieces in the hand of Ferdinand, Schumann’s grandson. The MS is the basis of the first edition and thus has the usual engravers pencil markings. Despite being a fair copy it documents some compositional work, especially regarding the conclusions of certain pieces, and also sheds light on the selection process, as not all pieces were included in the printed edition. The impetus of composing Album for the Young is clear from a diary entry of Clara written 1 September 1848: “The pieces which children learn in piano lessons are so poor that Robert had the idea of composing and publishing a book (a kind of album) entirely with children’s pieces. He has already written a plethora of charming little pieces”. Later that year Clara wrote to their friend Carl Reinecke of the pedagogical importance  of the work: “they are thus also easy to execute and I believe these pieces will meet the wishes of many amateurs, of precisely those who do not play well enough to perform Robert’s grander piano compositions”. And in a postscript to this letter Robert writes: “I do not know when I ever found myself in such a good mood as when writing these pieces. It truly overwhelmed me”.  Introduction in Ger-Eng. Hardbound with boards in decorative paper.  $173 (subscription price)

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