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.