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This was to be the last of Clara’s birthdays celebrated by the Schumann clan as a united family. A year later, in September 1854, tragedy had already struck, and life had changed irrevocably: on Clara’s thirty-fifth birthday the composer was given permission by the medical staff at the asylum of Endenich to write her a letter. The strange little poem gives some clue regarding Schumann’s strangely prophetic misgivings about his future. Even if he can’t be there personally, he hopes that the piano will serve to remind Clara of the giver of the gift. She was probably as disquieted by the poem as she was delighted by the piano. It was indeed to come in useful. With Schumann in the asylum she had no choice but to re-establish her career as a virtuoso. Every time she practised she must have remembered the little scene where the piano, surrounded by a garland of flowers, was handed over to her while this music, so lovingly meant, so awkward in its mild reticence, rang in her ears.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2007
extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris
aus dem Begleittext von Graham Johnson © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber
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