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Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 10/7/16

October 7, 2016

I have been in love with Robert Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze. After coming back from the summer concerts I decided to learn this piece. I have played several Schumann pieces, but I never had a chance to play Davidsbündlertänze. This was basically written for the wedding gift to Clara. He took the opening melody from Clara’s Mazurka Op. 6 and he switched around Carnival (Op. 9) and Fantasiestuck (Op. 12) to match Opus number for Davidsbundlertanze to her Mazurka. Carnival and other pieces were written before Davidsbundlertanze. There are 18 small movements (piano cycle) and each movement shows a different mood and attitude according to Florestan and Eusebius. There is a lot of affection, of course. You hear Robert calling Clara’s name, Clara and Robert are joking with each other, they are having fun, sometimes they are anxious and nervous, they are drunk, Robert is singing serenades for her, he hears her voice in the distance, Robert is happy to see her beautiful smile, they argue… And the piece ends with many Cs. C is the first letter from Clara. Robert later said he was the happiest when he was writing this piece.

I performed Davidsbündlertänze yesterday for the first time in public. I had a hard time controlling myself not being involved too much. I was just in love playing it.