Humoreske (Schumann)

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Humoreske in B-flat major, Op. 20, is a romantic piano piece by Robert Schumann, composed in 1839 and dedicated to Julie von Webenau.[1] Schumann cited Jean Paul's style of humour as source of inspiration, although there are no direct programmatic links to Jean Paul's oeuvre found in the piece.

The Humoreske consists of seven sections (not originally indicated as such by the composer except for the last one, "Zum Beschluss"), to be played attacca after each other. Although the piece is nominally written in B-flat major, most of the piece is set in B-flat major's relative minor key, G minor. The musical texture and emotional tone, though, varies widely and differs greatly between the sections:

  1. "Einfach" (B-flat-major, common time, M. M. quarter note = 80)
    – "Sehr rasch und leicht" (B-flat-major, 2/4, M. M. quarter note = 138)
    – "Noch rascher" (G minor)
    – "Erstes Tempo" Wie im Anfang (B-flat major, common time)
  2. "Hastig" (G minor, 2/4, M. M. quarter note = 126)
    – "Nach und nach immer lebhafter und stärker" (D minor)
    – "Wie vorher" Adagio
  3. "Einfach und zart" (G minor, common time, M. M. quarter note = 100)
    – "Intermezzo" (B-flat major, 2/4, M. M. quarter note = 100)
  4. "Innig" (B-flat major, common time, M. M. quarter note = 116)
    – "Schneller" (Tempo I)
  5. "Sehr lebhaft" (G-minor/B-flat major, 2/4, M. M. half note = 76)
    – "Immer lebhafter" Stretto
  6. "Mit einigem Pomp" (C minor, common time, M. M. quarter note = 92)
  7. "Zum Beschluss" (B-flat major, common time, M. M. quarter note = 112 ) Allegro

A typical performance is about 27 minutes long.

Sources[edit]

  • Robert Schumann: Sämtliche Klavierwerke, vol. IV, Breitkopf & Härtel, Wiesbaden 1988, pp. 1–29.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HUMORESKE IN B-FLAT, OP. 20" Los Angeles Philharmonic. Retrieved 2015-8-8.

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