HN244

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

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  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Editor: Ernst Herttrich
  • Fingering: Hans-Martin Theopold
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • ISMN: 9790201802442
  • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Pages: 50
  • Urtext / Critical Edition

Description

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.