Schumann – Kreisleriana – Argerich, Piano

Kreisleriana, Op. 16, is a composition in eight movements by Robert Schumann for solo piano, subtitled Phantasien für das Pianoforte. It was written in only four days in April 1838 and a revised version appeared in 1850. In 1839, soon after publishing it, Schumann called it in a letter my favorite work, remarking that The title conveys nothing to any but Germans. The work’s title was inspired by the character of Johannes Kreisler from works of E. T. A. Hoffmann. Like the kaleidoscopic Kreisler, each number has multiple contrasting sections, resembling the imaginary musician’s manic-depression, and recalling Schumann’s own Florestan and Eusebius, the two characters Schumann used to indicate his own contrasting impulsive and dreamy sides.

Martha Argerich performs Kreisleriana

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Other Schumann work by Martha Argerich

Kinderszenen, Of Foreing Lands and People

The pianist Martha Argerich performs Of Foreing Lands and People from Scenes of Childhood (Kinderszenen) composed by Robert Schumann
Of Foreing Lands and People, 1st piece from Scenes of Childhood (Kinderszenen) composed by Robert Schumann.

Träumerei (Kinderszenen)

Martha Argerich performs Träumerei, the 7th piece from Robert Schumann's Kinderszenen
Martha Argerich performs Träumerei, the 7th piece from Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen.

Kreisleriana: other performance

Yuja Wang

Schumann - Kreisleriana - Wang, Piano
Schumann – Kreisleriana – Yuja Wang

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