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Fantasiestücke, Op 73
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February 1849; published in versions for violin, cello and clarinet

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'Schumann: Chamber Music' (CDA67923)
Schumann: Chamber Music
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No 1: Zart und mit Ausdruck
No 2: Lebhaft, leicht
No 3: Rasch und mit Feuer

Fantasiestücke, Op 73
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Setting the pattern for other similar works, to maximize potential sales Schumann simultaneously published the Fantasiestücke, Op 73 for clarinet and piano in versions for violin and for cello. The three ‘Fantasy Pieces’ form a compact suite, with the contrasting movements unified to create a cyclic structure. In the nostalgic A minor opening piece, Zart und mit Ausdruck (‘Tenderly and expressively’), the piano and clarinet present a pair of themes in free counterpoint. The piano’s theme then morphs into a skittish major-keyed dance in the scherzo-like second movement, Lebhaft, leicht (‘Lively, light’). The boisterous final Rasch und mit Feuer (‘Fast and fiery’) nonchalantly incorporates both ideas from the first movement, ending with a jubilant transformation of the once-soulful piano theme.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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