Schumann, Robert (1810 – 1856)

Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher, Friedrich Wieck, that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann’s wrote exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

Schumann suffered from a mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum, at his own request. Diagnosed with psychotic melancholia, Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness. (source: Wikipedia)

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Three Romances, Opus 94
BB BE 120401 – $50.00
11′ 00″ – difficult

The Three Romances, Opus 94 were written in 1849, originally as a work for oboe and piano.  This orchestration features no particular instrument in the ensemble, but rather makes use of the available colors in the ensemble to create a ‘new’ sostenuto romantic work for brass.

arranged by Michael Allen for Trumpet in E flat (doubling Piccolo), Trumpet in E flat (doubling Trumpet in B flat), Trumpet in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba