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Robert Schumann: Album for the Young
This collection is one of Schumann’s most popular works, and to this day it remains a staple of the young pianist’s repertoire. Unlike Kinderszenen, which evokes the feelings and dreams of childhood, but requires a substantial technique, the Album für die Jugend are really pieces for children in the best educational sense. The 25 works in the second book (nos. 19-43) are somewhat more challenging and longer than those in the first, but still well within the reach of good amateur pianists. Among the set´s most popular pieces are "Melody," the opening work presenting a simple, innocent and lovely tune; the vigorous and energetic “Wild Horseman” (No. 8); and No. 10, “The Happy Farmer Returning From Work”, with its joyful and infectious melody.
I gave this the ultimate test: Sam (3.5 years old) approved enthusiastically over breakfast and asked for it as his bedtime music. I shall do the rest at some point and probably practice this some more. I must say, after listening to it a little bit, and contrary to what I had been reading, this seems to be a very cohesive set of pieces.
I have not gotten to the nitty-gritty, but I suspect there are literary and probably motivic threads braiding the whole thing together.
Here are the 18 post in link format for ease of access:
I hope you enjoy this. Comments are welcome (Susan, thanks for yours, keep them coming. I must say you never tell me something I would have thought of myself, so it is always nice to hear from you, even when I think you are totally off!)
Ok. So I decided to pick up the piano after 10 years of never playing. This is what I've got to get me started:
Schumann's Album for the Young Debussy's Children's Corner Albert's Piano Favorites Albert's Piano Classics A bunch of sheet music by Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff from the sheet music archives. Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist Czerny: School of Velocity Schmidt: Opus. 18
Now here's the question... where should I start? I know all my basic theory... such as rests, notes, their values, etc. I can read both clefs. I want to build up my repertoire and technique so that in a few years I'll be able to play some of the great works by Chopin, Liszt, and other composers. So where should I start?