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Forest Scenes, op. 82

Forest Scenes

By Robert Schumann

Forest Scenes. Composed by Robert Schumann. Edited by Holger M. Stuwe. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Performance score. Opus 82. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09640. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09640).

Item Number: BA.BA09640

ISBN 9790006539635. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Text Language: German/English. Preface: Holger M. Stuwe.

Schumann's"Forest Scenes"op. 82 date from the years 1848/49. This was the composer's most creative period but one which was marked by revolutionary unrest and political uncertainty. As well as choral compositions and major dramatic works including the opera"Genoveva"and"Manfred"Schumann created the intimate piano cycle Forest Scenes, inspired by illustrations of the same theme.
The last to be written was the wistful-filigree"Vogel als Prophet"(no. 7), probably the best-known piece in the cycle. The pieces of moderate technical difficulty are enchanting in their song-like poetry, and are a jewel of domestic music-making from the Romantic period.

"Vogel als Prophet"and"Herberge"have been printed using a fold-out page so that no page-turns are necessary.

"Forest Scenes"op. 82 are published in a scholarly-critical Urtext edition, reflecting the latest state of research. This is one of Schumann's most popular piano cycles which is highly ranked in Romantic piano literature. The fingering takes contemporary performing practise as well as playing on the modern concert grand piano into consideration.

- Urtext edition based on all available sources and reflecting the latest research findings
- With fingering and suggestions for performance by Ragna Schirmer
- With detailed foreword (Ger/Eng) and critical commentary (Eng)

The leading German pianist Ragna Schirmer
has earned an outstanding reputation, not only by winning the Leipzig Bach Competition twice but also for receiving numerous awards including two ECHO-Klassik prizes. She has long had a special interest in historical performance practice on modern instruments, reflected most recently in her highly-praised complete recording of the keyboard suites by George Frideric Handel. As well as an international performing career, Ragna Schirmer is currently a professor at the Mannheim University of Music and the specialist school Latina August Hermann Francke in Halle.
Robert and Clara Schumann's compositions feature at the centre of Ragna Schirmer's work and she has recorded Robert Schumann's"Variations on a theme by Beethoven"and"Symphonic Studies"on CD. Her concerts which she plays on Clara Schumann's original Grotrian grand piano of 1879 have given her important insights into practical performing issues. She has now incorporated these into her studies of Clara's fingering of Schumann's"Forest Scenes"op. 82.

About Barenreiter Urtext

What can I expect from a Barenreiter Urtext edition?

- A reliable musical text based on all available sources
- A description of the sources
- Information on the genesis and history of the work
- Valuable notes on performance practice
- Includes an introduction with critical commentary explaining source discrepancies and editorial decisions

- Page-turns, fold-out pages, and cues where you need them
- A well-presented layout and a user-friendly format
- Excellent print quality
- Superior paper and binding


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  • 5

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  • January 24, 2020 Fine edition

    Includes preface and notes on fingering and performance practice. I especially like that there is a fold-out page for Vogel als Prophet so no page turning is needed.

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  • October 13, 2018 Schumann’s cycles

    I really like the ethos of Schumann’s song cycles like Kinderszenen, and, of course, this one, Waldszenen. The pieces are a challenge, but not too much so, and they are very evocative of being in the woods and the mystery contained there. I recommend highly this Barenreiter book. Enjoy...


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