Tuesday, June 08, 2010

On Robert Schumann's 200th

Today 200 years ago a child was born: Robert Schumann.

What could be more natural then than beginning Omnium's little homage à Schumann with his Kinderszenen / Scenes from Childhood?
Thus, take your time, cl... ah, no!

First of all let me wave farewell to all busy contemporaries by whom as it's noise-related, music is not appreciated, and / or to whom 17:37 minutes are a big heap of time 'within which I could easily visit appr. 35 blogs and leave 40 comments'.

Oh. You are still there? Fine.
Thus, close your eyes, remember (some of) those magic moments in your childhood of which I hope you had a plenty, or better: become again the child that once you were. And if when opening your eyes after 17:10 minutes you feel a salty drop in their corners like the ones you are detecting in the great Horowitz' eyes: there's no reason to regret ...    


  1. Excellent choice but I will have to come back for a remembrance of things past!

  2. Here for the title of each movement. The composer and the pianist are not only eloquent poets but also gifted painters as they draw magnificently, with notes and fingers, the Scenes from Childhood.

    Thank you again, Sean. This presentation brought back to me wonderful musical memories. :)

  3. Sorry but I missed the link, Sean. I'll try again later on. The titles are so delightful. And Horowitz and Schumann are such artists in bringing them to life.

  4. Claudia,

    do it! And if it were for the last two three minutes - with opened eyes. ...

    no need to feel sorry, no need to delete. So glad you enjoy(ed).

  5. Sean, wonderful. I have never heard the entire piece before. What a privilege.

    Many, many thanks.

  6. Scenes from Childhood's movements:

    1- Of Foreign Lands and People
    2- Curious Story
    3- Catch-as-Catch-Can
    4- Pleading Child
    5- Perfectly Contended
    6- An Important Event
    7- Dreaming (Traumerei)
    8- At the Fireside
    9- Knight of the Hobby Horse
    10-Almost too Serious
    12-Child Falling Asleep
    13-The Poet Speaks

    Schumann's vividly ezpressed Scenes can be seen not only from Horowitz' magical fingers but also on his expressive face. Marvellous, marvellous man!