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HN459

Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133

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    1. Composer: Robert Schumann
    2. Editor: Wolfgang Boetticher
    3. Instrumentation: Piano
    4. ISMN: 979-020180459-0
    5. Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    6. Pages: 23
    7. Urtext / Critical Edition

    "To Diotima" – this addendum to the title was preserved until shortly before publication of the piano "songs" and mystified Schumann's contemporaries. "The Goddess to whom they are addressed has caused me quite a headache" wrote Joseph Joachim, and even Brahms was not able to identify her. The composer was referring to a novel by Hölderlin, although this work was apparently no longer generally very well-known in Schumann's day. "Quite original pieces, there is a very particular atmosphere in them" – thus Clara passed judgement.