Robert Schumann was born on June 8, 1810. Some of us contributing to the #ClassicsaDay feed decided to celebrate that birthday.
For the month of June, we encouraged folks to post works by Schumann and his circle. Schumann worked with several major composers of the day. He also reviewed up-and-coming composers in his magazine.
Here are my selections for the second week of #ClassicsaDay
Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in F major, mvt. III
Schumann saw pianist/composer Ignaz Moscheles in concert. It inspired him to go into music as a career. Moscheles wrote eight piano concertos, Schumann struggled to produce one. The concerto in F major was the second of three abandoned attempts. He worked on it from 1829-31.
Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870) – Piano Concerto No. 3 in G minor, Op. 58
Moscheles was a highly successful piano virtuoso and composer. Schumann was inspired to take up music after seeing him in concert. Moscheles also conducted concerto performances with Clara Schumann as soloist.
Robert Schumann – Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 11
Schumann wrote his first piano sonata in 1835, the year he met Felix Mendelssohn. The Mendelssohns — Felix and Fanny — became close friends with the Schumanns — Robert and Clara.
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) – Scherzo a capriccio WoO 3
Mendelssohn and Schumann met in 1835, the year this work was written. They were close friends. In 1839 he received the recently rediscovered score of Schubert’s 8th Symphony from Schumann. Mendelssohn premiered it in March of that year.
Norbert Burgmüller (1810-1836) – Symphony No. 2. Op.11
Robert Schumann was an ardent supporter of Burgmüller. The young composer had completed but a few works when he died at age 26. They included a piano concerto and two symphonies. The second symphony was left unfinished. Schumann completed the second and third movements based on Burgmüller’s sketches. There wasn’t enough of the final movement for Schumann to build on, so the symphony remains unfinished. Schumann premiered it in 1837.