Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto live

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Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto live

Post by Rach3 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:35 am

Clara Schumann’s brief, youthful ( written over a period when she was 14 - 17 , with some orchestration by Robert ) Piano Concerto,Op.7, live, Kit Armstrong, pianist, Bern Symphony,Bern,Switzerland recently: ... id=2395249

To my ear, very Hummel,Moscheles, Kalkbrenner,Thalberg style, but worth a listen. Very nice lyrical theme in second mov. has a cello part that may (?) have sparked an idea in her good friend Brahms he later used in his 2nd PC (my speculation only) . From Naxos site:

“Clara Schumann’s compositions were necessarily limited in number, but reflect the care her father had taken over her general musical education, supported by lessons in counterpoint in Berlin from Siegfried Dehn, who included Glinka and Anton Rubinstein among his pupils, and instruction from others in theory and composition in the course of her travels with her father. She wrote the first sketch of her Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7, her only extant orchestral composition, at the age of fourteen, in 1833, planning at first a single movement work. This she completed in November, leaving the orchestration to Schumann, which he duly finished in February 1834. This movement was to form the finale of what was to become a three-movement concerto, and formed part of her own concert repertoire. She tackled the first movement in the summer of 1834 and a year later was preparing the work for publication, having orchestrated it and written out the parts herself. The concerto was performed at the Gewandhaus in November 1835, with the composer as soloist, conducted by Mendelssohn. Further revision of the work was followed by publication of the piano part, with the orchestral parts as a supplement, in January 1837, with a dedication to Louis Spohr."

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