Album for the Young

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Album for the Young (Album für die Jugend), Op. 68, was composed by Robert Schumann in 1848 for his three daughters. The album consists of a collection of 43 short works. Unlike the Kinderszenen, they are suitable to be played by children or beginners. The second part, starting at Nr. 19 ("Kleine Romanze"), is marked Für Erwachsenere (For adults; For more grown-up ones) and contains more demanding pieces.

List of pieces[edit]

First part[edit]

  1. Melodie (Melody), C major
  2. Soldatenmarsch (Soldiers' march), G major
  3. Trällerliedchen (Lilting song or Humming song), C major
  4. Ein Choral (Chorale), G major. Harmonisation of "Selig sind, die aus Erbamen" or "Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele" found in number 7 of BWV 39
  5. Stückchen (A little piece), C major
  6. Armes Waisenkind (The poor orphan), A minor
  7. Jägerliedchen (Hunting song), F major
  8. Wilder Reiter (The wild rider), A minor (This piece is more commonly known in English as "The Wild Horseman")
  9. Volksliedchen (Folk song), D minor
  10. Fröhlicher Landmann, von der Arbeit zurückkehrend ('The merry peasant', returning from work or 'The Happy Farmer'), F major (the 1907 song "Red Wing" is based on this melody; the tune was also used extensively in the underscore of The Wizard of Oz. This song is also played during the opening of the 3-D animation film Shrek)
  11. Sizilianisch (Sicilienne), A minor
  12. Knecht Ruprecht (Santa Claus), A minor
  13. Mai, lieber Mai (May, dear May), E major
  14. Kleine Studie (Little etude), G major
  15. Frühlingsgesang (Spring song), E major
  16. Erster Verlust (First loss), E minor
  17. Kleiner Morgenwanderer (Little morning wanderer), A major
  18. Schnitterliedchen (The reaper's song), C major

Second part[edit]

  1. Kleine Romanze (Little romance), A minor
  2. Ländliches Lied (Land song), A major
  3. * * * (untitled), C major (based on "Prison-Terzetto" ("Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten") from Beethoven's Fidelio)
  4. Rundgesang (Chant), A major
  5. Reiterstück (The horseman), D minor
  6. Ernteliedchen (Harvest song), A major
  7. Nachklänge aus dem Theater (Echoes from the theatre), A minor
  8. * * * (untitled), F major
  9. Kanonisches Liedchen (Song in Canon form), A minor
  10. Erinnerung (4 November 1847) (Remembrance), A major (dedicated to Felix Mendelssohn)
  11. Fremder Mann (Foreign man), D minor
  12. * * * (untitled), F major
  13. Kriegslied (Song of war), D major
  14. Scheherazade, A minor
  15. Weinlesezeit – fröhliche Zeit! (Harvest time – happy time!), E major
  16. Thema (Theme), C major
  17. Mignon, E-flat major
  18. Lied italienischer Marinari (Italian mariners' song), G minor
  19. Matrosenlied (Sailors' Song), G minor
  20. Winterzeit I (Wintertime I), C minor (sometimes considered one piece with Wintertime II)
  21. Winterzeit II (Wintertime II), C minor/C major
  22. Kleine Fuge (Little fugue), A major
  23. Nordisches Lied (Nordic Song – Salute to G.), F major (dedicated to Niels Gade; it is based on the cryptogram G-A-D-E)
  24. Figurierter Choral (Figurative chorale), F major
  25. Sylvesterlied (New Year's Eve song), A major

Appendix (selection)[edit]

More pieces have been identified from various manuscripts; these are not formally numbered and are denoted as pieces from the appendix (German: Anhang).[1][2][3]

  • Soldatenmarsch (Soldiers' March, Clara Schumann version)
  • Wilder Reiter (The Wild Horseman, alternate version)
  • Für ganz Kleinem (For the very young)
  • Puppenschlafliedchen (Dolls' lullaby)
  • Canone "Aus ist der Schmaus, die Gäste gehn nach Haus" (Canon "The feast is over, the guests go home")
  • Auf der Gondel (On the gondola)
  • Linke Hand, soll sich auch zeigen (Left hand, should also show itself)
  • Gukkuk im Versteck (Cuckoo in hiding)
  • Ein Ländler von Franz Schubert (A Ländler by Franz Schubert)
  • Ein Thema von Georg Friedrich Händel (A theme by George Frideric Handel)
  • Haschemann
  • Fest in Tact, im Tone rein, Kanon für Singstimmen (Firmly on the beat, in pure intonation, canon for voices)
  • Ein Stückchen von Johann Sebastian Bach (A piece by Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • Ein Trinklied von C. M. von Weber (A drinking song by Carl Maria von Weber)
  • Lagune in Venedig (Lagoon in Venice)
  • Thema – Beethoven Op. 109 (Theme from Beethoven's op. 109)
  • Bärentanz (Bear dance)
  • Eine berühmte Melodie von L. van Beethoven (A famous tune by Ludwig van Beethoven)
  • Kleiner Walzer (Little waltz)
  • Ein Stückchen von Mozart (A piece by Mozart)
  • Rebus
  • Ein Stückchen von Gluck (A piece by Gluck)
  • Ein Stückchen von Beethoven (A piece by Beethoven)
  • Fragment, Es Dur (Fragment E-flat major)
  • Präludium (Prelude)
  • Walzer (Waltz)
  • * * * (untitled) C Dur (C major)
  • * * * (untitled) G Dur (G major)
  • * * * (untitled) A Dur (A major)


  1. ^ List of pieces Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine as performed by Marco Tezza
  2. ^ List of pieces as performed by Juan Carlos Rodriguez
  3. ^ Album für die Jugend, Op. 68, editor: Ernst Herttrich, G. Henle Verlag 2007

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