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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.

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TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Melody Op. 68 No. 1C Major 1848 Piece 3
Soldier's March Op. 68 No. 2G Major 1848 Piece 4
Humming Song Op. 68 No. 3C Major 1848 Piece 4
Chorale Op. 68 No. 4G Major 1848 Piece 3
Short Piece Op. 68 No. 5C Major 1848 Piece 3
The Poor Orphan Op. 68 No. 6A Minor 1848 Piece 4
Hunting Song Op. 68 No. 7F Major 1848 Piece 5
The Wild Horseman Op. 68 No. 8F Major 1848 Piece 3
Popular Song Op. 68 No. 9D Minor 1848 Piece 4
The Happy Farmer Op. 68 No. 10F Major 1848 Piece 3
Sicilian Op. 68 No. 11A Minor 1848 Piece 3
Saint Nicholas Op. 68 No. 12A Minor 1848 Piece 5
May, Dearest May Op. 68 No. 13E Major 1848 Piece 5
A Short Study Op. 68 No. 14G Major 1848 Piece 4
Spring Song Op. 68 No. 15E Major 1848 Piece 5
First Sorrow Op. 68 No. 16E Minor 1848 Piece 3
The Morning Stroll Op. 68 No. 17A Major 1848 Piece 5
Song of the Reapers Op. 68 No. 18C Major 1848 Piece 4
A Little Romance Op. 68 No. 19A Minor 1848 Piece 4
Rustic Song Op. 68 No. 20A Major 1848 Piece 5
Langsam und mit Ausdruck zu spielen Op. 68 No. 21C Major 1848 Piece 6
Roundelay Op. 68 No. 22A Major 1848 Piece 5
The Horseman Op. 68 No. 23D Minor 1848 Piece 5
Harvest Song Op. 68 No. 24A Major 1848 Piece 5
Echos of the Theatre Op. 68 No. 25A Minor 1848 Piece 5
Nicht schnell, hübsch vorzutragen Op. 68 No. 26F Major 1848 Piece 6
A Canon Op. 68 No. 27A Minor 1848 Piece 6
Recollections Op. 68 No. 28A Major 1848 Piece 5
The Stranger Op. 68 No. 29D Minor 1848 Piece 5
Sehr Langsam Op. 68 No. 30F Major 1848 Piece 5
Battle Song Op. 68 No. 31D Major 1848 Piece 5
Sheherazade Op. 68 No. 32A Minor 1848 Piece 6
Vintage Song Op. 68 No. 33E Major 1848 Piece 6
Theme Op. 68 No. 34C Major 1848 Piece 6
Mignon Op. 68 No. 35E-flat Major 1848 Piece 5
Italian Mariner´s Song Op. 68 No. 36G Minor 1848 Piece 5
Sailor's Song Op. 68 No. 37G Minor 1848 Piece 5
Winter Time I Op. 68 No. 38C Minor 1848 Piece 5
Winter Time II Op. 68 No. 39C Minor 1848 Piece 6
Small Fugue Op. 68 No. 40A Major 1848 Piece 6
Northern Song Op. 68 No. 41F Major 1848 Piece 4
Chorale Op. 68 No. 42F Major 1848 Piece 5
New Year's Song Op. 68 No. 43A Major 1848 Piece 6

Posts in the piano forum about Album for the Young by Schumann:

xx Schumann: Consolidated Album for the Young (1-18)
July 02, 2007, 09:09:55 AM by iumonito

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:

1 Melodie http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25715.0.html
2 Soldier's March http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25716.0.html
3 Humming Song http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25717.0.html
4 A Hymn http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25718.0.html
5 Little Piece http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25719.0.html
6 The poor orphan http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25720.0.html
7 Hunting Song http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25721.0.html
8 The Wild Horseman http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25722.0.html
9 Folk Song http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25723.0.html
10 The Happy Farmer http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25724.0.html
11 Sicilienne http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25725.0.html
12 Knight Rupert http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25729.0.html
13 May, Sweet May http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25730.0.html
14 Little Etude http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25731.0.html
15 Spring Song http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25734.0.html
16 First Loss http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25735.0.html
17 Little Morning Explorer http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php?topic=25736.msg291687#msg291687
18 Song of the harvesters http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,25737.0.html

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!)

xx Getting Started
September 28, 2006, 09:10:15 PM by swim4ever_22

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?

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