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Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano, Op 70
composer
February 1849; published with alternative versions for violin or cello; Schumann's first title was Romance and Allegro

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'Schumann: Chamber Music' (CDA67923)
Schumann: Chamber Music
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Track 1 on CDA67923 [9'09]

Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano, Op 70
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Composed just a week after the Fantasiestücke, the Adagio and Allegro, Op 70 in A flat major, for horn and piano (issued with alternative parts for violin or cello), delighted Schumann when he heard Clara rehearse it with Julius Schlitterlau, first horn in the Dresden Orchestra. Her response was even more euphoric: ‘A magnificent piece, fresh and passionate, and exactly what I like.’ Originally entitled Romanze, the Adagio is a tender colloquy for the two instruments that exploits both the heights and the depths of the new valve-horn. Schumann gives free rein to the horn’s agility in the Allegro, whose rollicking spirits are stilled in a central episode in B major that recalls the yearning melody of the Adagio.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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