The Classics a Day team honors Robert Schumann’s birthday (June 8, 1810). The theme for June is Schumann and his circle. During the month, you’re encouraged to share works written by Schumann, his friends, his colleagues, his rivals — and of course, his wife.
Here are my #ClassicsaDay selections for the third week of #SchumannsCircle.
6/21/21 Robert Schumann – Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
The theme for this 1837 suite was based on a mazurka by Clara Wieck (who he would eventually marry).
6/22/21 Clara Wieck – Soirées musicales, Op. 6
Clara was about 17 when she composed this collection. Her future husband Robert Schumann would use the G major Mazurka from this work for his Davidsbündlertänze.
6/23/21 Williams Sterndale Bennet – Capriccio in D minor, Op. 2
Bennet spent three winters in Leipzig, composing and hanging out with Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. His opus 2 was written in 1835 when Bennet was nineteen.
6/24/21 Norbert Burgmüller – Duo for clarinet and piano Op. 15
Dubbed the “Schubert of the Rhine,” Burgmüller wrote this duo in 1834, Schumann greatly admired his music and mourned his early death at age 26.
6/25/21 Johannes Brahms – Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 2
This sonata was dedicated to Clara Schumann and was submitted to Breitkopf und Härtel for publication with a letter of recommendation from her husband.