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Schumann, Clara (née Wieck) (1819-1896)

Valses Romantiques

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General Information

Composer: Clara Schumann née Wieck

Title of the Publication: Valses Romantiques

Opus: 4

Composition Year: 1835

Edition Type: Urtext

Edition Number: FE010

Editor: Martijn Vromans

Languages of the Text: English, German, French, and Spanish

Paper: A4 Clairefontaine 120 gsm cream paper

Binding: Black steel wire binding

Pages/Format: Total 18 pages (1 full colour portrait, 3 pages introduction, 1 page critical commentary, 12 pages music)

Weight: 125 g

Difficulty Level: 8/10

Also Included In:

  • FD010 (download)
  • FE007 (anthology)
  • FD007 (anthology download)

Description

Clara Schumann’s Valses Romantiques (August 1835) embody the carefree spirit of youthful love and optimism. After Robert Schumann’s engagement to Ernestine von Fricken was called off, Clara created this series of sparkling waltzes. The Valses Romantiques stand out for their playful nature, optimistic tone, and infectious virtuosity. Though the composition is demanding, it is attainable for the (committed) amateur, and ideal as an encore or opening piece for professionals.

Robert Schumann incorporated the theme of the first waltz from the collection as Valse Allemande in his Carnaval, Opus 9, where Clara is also represented as Chiarina and likely in Reconnaissance, showcasing their interconnectedness.

Our contemporary Urtext edition is distinguished by precise notation, meticulously calculated page turns, and an aesthetically appealing layout.

About the Music

Vibrant Youthfulness: This piece exudes an unprecedented freshness, reflecting the young composer’s boldness in challenging traditional musical concepts with her fresh ideas.

Exhilarating Virtuosity: With its optimistic essence and a composer unfettered by technical constraints, this piece offers an invigorating experience.

Melodic Abundance: The melodies are rich and memorable, with a natural flow that takes the listener through various moods and impressions.

About the Composer

Even in the 19th century, a period brimming with some of the greatest pianists to ever grace the stage, Clara Schumann stands uniquely tall as perhaps the foremost among them. Often merely cast as the muse of her husband, Robert Schumann, she delivered unparalleled achievements, not just as a trailblazing pianist but also as a composer. From the moment she published her Opus 2 at the very early age of 12, she began to leave behind a compositional legacy. These works, while early, are by no means immature: they are the creations of a fully-fledged composer, marked by a remarkable emotional richness and playful virtuosity.

Contents

  • Portrait
  • Introduction (English, German, French or Spanish)
  • Valses Romantiques, Op. 4
  • Critical Commentary (English, German, French or Spanish)
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