G. Henle Verlag

HN244-FBA

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

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    • Composer: Robert Schumann
    • Editor: Ernst Herttrich
    • Fingering: Hans-Martin Theopold
    • Instrumentation: Piano
    • ISMN: 979-020180244-2
    • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    • Pages: 50
    • Urtext / Critical Edition

    The "Davidsbund" – a group of artists who had joined forces in a revolutionary struggle against the backward structures in the artistic world, amongst whose members he counted both real and imaginary people – only existed in Schumann's imagination. He published the first edition of his "Davidstänze" under the pseudonym "Florestan and Eusebius" – the two characters that represented contrasting (impetuous and gentle) aspects of his own self. Clara Wieck, to whom he unsuccessfully proposed several times whilst writing it, is also represented; "more than anything" he dedicated these dances to her. These short, extremely diverse tone pictures afford us an intimate insight into Schumann's emotional state at the time.