Friday, January 21, 2011

The best time is the worst time?

It is often said that someone's marriage was the best thing that could have happened to them. In the case of Robert Schumann this may no be true on all levels. Before Clara he drank too much, smoked cigars until he was dizzy, chased girls and made up invisible friends to give him company. He was clearly lonely and largely miserable and yet, he composed the most dynamic and original piano music of this career.

On the Piano this Sunday, we examine Schumann the Poet were his string of masterpieces is unrivaled. Consider this, Papillion, Carnaval, In der Nacht, Kinderscenzen and  Davidsbundlertanze all come from this troubled period. Hear them on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC & KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

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