|by Robert Schumann|
First edition title page
|English||Scenes from Childhood|
History and description
Schumann wrote 30 movements for this work but chose 13 for the final version. The unused movements were later published in Bunte Blätter, Op. 99, and Albumblätter, Op. 124. Schumann initially intended to publish Kinderszenen together with Novelletten (Opus 21); the shared literary theme is suggested by the original title Kindergeschichten (Children's Tales). He told his wife Clara that the "thirty small, droll things", most of them less than a page in length, were inspired by her comment that he sometimes seemed "like a child". He described them in 1840 as "more cheerful, gentler, more melodic" than his earlier works.
Movement No. 7 of the work, Träumerei, is one of Schumann's best known pieces; it is the opening and closing musical theme of the 1947 Hollywood film Song of Love, and Träumerei is the title of a 1944 German biographical film on Schumann. In Russia, a hummed choral a cappella version became known as mourning music, being played annually during the Minute of Silence on Victory Day.
Originally called Leichte Stücke ("Easy Pieces"), the section titles were only added after the completion of the composition, and Schumann described them as "nothing more than delicate hints for execution and interpretation". Timothy D. Taylor, however, has discussed the choice of titles for this work in the context of the changing situation of music culturally and economically, stating that the final movement, entitled Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks), marked a realisation among composers that, due to the decline of patronage structures in the 19th century, their musical works must take on new meanings.
There is no known complete manuscript of Kinderszenen.
Of Foreign Lands and Peoples 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
A Curious Story2. Kuriose Geschichte[b]
Blind Man's Bluff
Pleading Child 4. Bittendes Kind
Happy Enough 5. Glückes genug
An Important Event 6. Wichtige Begebenheit
Dreaming 7. Träumerei
At the Fireside8. Am Kamin[c]
Knight of the Hobbyhorse 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
|10. Fast zu ernst
Almost Too Serious
|E minor – G major|
|12. Kind im Einschlummern
Child Falling Asleep
|13. Der Dichter spricht
The Poet Speaks
- Original spelling: Kinderscenen
- Original spelling: Curiose Geschichte
- Original spelling: Am Camin
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- Jensen, Eric Frederick (16 January 2012). Schumann. Oxford University Press. pp. 162–. ISBN 978-0-19-983068-8 – via Google Books.
- on YouTube
- Träumerei on IMDb
- ] on YouTube
- Thorpe, Day (December 1990). "Music Reviews: Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 by Robert Scgumann, Otto von Irmer, Walther Lampe". Notes. Second Series. 11 (4): 605–606. doi:10.2307/893060.
- Taylor, Timothy D. (December 1990). "Aesthetic and Cultural Issues in Schumann's Kinderszenen". International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music. 21 (2): 161–178. doi:10.2307/837021. JSTOR 837021.
- Sams, Eric (1974). "Review: Schuman Scenes – Kinderszenen, Op. 15, by Schumann, Franzpeter Goebels". The Musical Times. 115 (1572): 146. doi:10.2307/955016. JSTOR 955016.