Robert Schumann: Fairy Tales aka Märchenerzählungen Op.132

The Fairy Tales for Clarinet ( Violin ad libitum) , Viola and Piano, Op . 132 was composed by Robert Schumann between the 9th and 11th of October 1853. The individual records are interconnected by a central motif . They are dedicated to his pupil Albert Dietrich . Published in February 1854 are available from Breitkopf & Hartel . Schumann had bouts of sleeplessness, hesitancy of speech and movement, and deepening depression at this time. One of the last works to come from Schumann's pen before his attempted suicide in 1854. It was a visit by the young 20-year-old Johannes Brahms, that gave him one last bit of creativity. The Fairy Tales were composed during this all-too brief Indian summer with the youthful genius of Brahms. Clearly, none of Schumann's difficulties with larger forces is apparent here.
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