Andrei Gavrilov: Symphonic Studies (Schumann) Eng

Schumann considered “Symphonic sketches” to be his best composition for pianoforte, although he discouraged their performance because he judged them to be “too internalized”, or too personally selfreferential – an “introversion”; he also believed that the score was seriously complex. He believed that the general audience, accustomed to overt emotional expression, would not appreciate the…

Schumann “Symphonic Etudes”. Etude 5. Part 8.

0.21. The material of the next variation, which we now consider, is music imbued with an incredible elegance. As I have already told you, Schumann possessed a very delicate coquetry, a subtle sense of humor. All his music is so subtle and sublime it touches our modern soul – our terse, noisy, decadent soul, which…

Schumann “Symphonic Etudes”. Etude 6. Part 9 (Variation 5)

0.21 Next is variation number 5. Simply put, its just a wonderful song, period. Once again, its theme is firmly rooted in the idea of death. But, the emotion being conveyed is in flux, as it soon begins morphing into a love theme. Yes, Schumann wrote of love and death throughout his life. So, as…

Schumann “Symphonic Etudes”. Etude 2 . Part 4

When writing about the next series, it is difficult to rid the mind of “regular thoughts on the topic.” The influence of these thoughts pains the body and the soul. Our memory has become clouded by the hundreds of “interpretations”, penned by both the dead and the living, by the famous and the infamous, from…

Schumann “Symphonic Etudes”. Etude 1 . Part 3

Since our dear Dima (Dmitri Nilov) is working hard not sparing himself and his time, I don’t want to hold on to this nice episode, first variation. Publishing it right away. Hope it give you an aesthetic pleasure. Schuman is not just musically talented, but he is also a great producer, playwright, and innovator. He…

Schumann “Symphonic Etudes”. Theme. Part 2

From the world of one consciousness, where we had been living for half a year, from consciousness of wonderful Russian man, Modest Petrovitch Mussorgsky, we are moving and diving into another consciousness – world of Robert Schumann. Since music became my life and my world (not long ago) where I feel myself very comfortable and…

Unzipped classical music. Schumann “Symphonic Etudes”. Introduction. Part 1

The second “object” of our musical series appears to be so enigmatic for modern mind in its content, so whole, separate, so “non-musical”, that a preamble is required. A philosophical “literary aesthetic “introduction. Without such an introduction even, specialist will have difficulties to understand musically-artistic images and details of the delicate world of Planet Schumann….