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HN441-FBA

Schumann: Humoresque in B-flat Major, Op. 20

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    • Composer: Robert Schumann
    • Editor: Ernst Herttrich
    • Instrumentation: Piano
    • ISMN: 979-020180441-5
    • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    • Pages: 43
    • Urtext / Critical Edition

    "Do you not know Jean Paul, our great writer? I have learnt more counterpoint from him than from my music teacher". His "Vorschule der Ästhetik" with its extensive treatment of humour probably occasioned Schumann to think of giving a piano work the title "Humoreske" – thus giving birth to a new musical genre.The "romantic humour" is not, however, aimed at humour in a modern sense of the word, but rather at a portrayal of the fragility and contradictory nature of the human condition. As if in a kaleidoscope, Schumann juxtaposes the most diverse elements of form and moods.