Thursday, August 29, 2013


by Robert Schumann [downloadable resource]

Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6, is a collection of pieces written for solo piano. The actual title refers to a philosophical "League of David" Music Society in which they defend contemporary music against its detractors or "Philistines." It's two primary member's consist of Robert Schumann's two alter-egos: the passionate "Florestan" and introverted "Eusebius." Each one of the pieces is initialed at the end by its author: F or E, (keeping in mind that Robert Schumann composed the entire set). The set lasts about 30 minutes, depending on if the artist takes the repeats. Every single one of these pieces is a gem, but I particularly like "Zart und singend," and "Frisch." The Stephen Hough recording is one of my favorites, and keep in mind this piece is ONLY accessible through our online database. There is no CD of the piece in our system. This is one of the epic pieces of the Romantic Era, and I encourage you to explore other pieces from our music databases! -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Smithsonian Global Sound database, Jazz Music Library database, other pieces accessible through Classical Music Online.]

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