Schumann, Robert - Flower Piece D flat major op. 19 - Urtext edition, paperbound (revised edition)
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It is probably not farfetched to assume that Schumann deliberately tailored these two little pieces (Op. 18 and op. 19) to suit the light Viennese taste, especially as he himself told the pianist Joseph Fischhog is late 1838 that he wanted to "rise up to become the favorite composer of all the ladies of Vienna." These two opuses are examples of light music in the very best and loftiest sense, masterly in their gracefulness and in their technical command of the delicate piano texture.
Our series of revised Schumann editions continues with this delicately wrought set of variations. Opus 18 and 19 are frail things for ladies: thus, with a wink of the eye, Schumann alluded to his wish to become the favourite composer of every woman in Vienna. In fact, at this time he was having trouble making headway in Vienna at all, and his dream of settling there with Clara was fading fast. The work takes its distinctive lyrical flavor from the fact that he may have wanted to accommodate the lighter Viennese taste.
Publisher: G. Henle, Inc., Series: Henle Keyboard Instruments: Piano Solos
Publisher Item #: 51480090, Prior Publisher Number: HN 90
Composer: Robert Schumann, Editor: Ernst Herttrich, Fingering by Walther Lampe
Instrument: Harpsichord, Piano, Level: Late Advanced, Format: Collection / Songbook, Sheet Music
Ensemble: Piano Solo, Genre: Classical, Romantic Period
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