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Robert Schumann

Born: 1810. Died: 1856. Lived in: Germany

Born in Zwickau, Germany in 1810, Robert Schumann started his musical education on the piano. The son of a bookseller, he began to experiment with composition at an early age, and also cultivated a passion for poetry and literature. Although richly talented, he was never considered a prodigy, especially by the standards of the time. At sixteen, after the tragic deaths of his sister and father, he entered the University of Leipzig to study the law; but this didn't last long, and soon he had left the school to pursue music with all his energies.

At the age of twenty, Schumann was studying the piano with Friedrich Wieck in Leipzig; he also boarded with the Wieck family. Although a hand injury prevented him from pursuing a career as a keyboard virtuoso, he found a niche writing music criticism - and composing, an activity, which was starting to focus his considerable talents. In the early 1830s, he published several piano pieces to critical acclaim. In 1834, he founded the New Journal for Music and served as its editor for the next nine years; the publication attacked what Schumann felt were the shallow and inconsequential musical practices of the day. On the positive side, he recognized the brilliance of Chopin and Brahms.


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Richard Miller : Singing Schumann : Solo : 01 Book : 0195181972 : 0195181972

Richard Miller : Singing Schumann

Singing Schumann is likely to become the standard introduction to some of the best-loved songs in the singer's repertoire. Written by a distinguished performer and internationally known teacher, the book offers astute, practical advice for bringing Robert Schumann's Lieder to life in performance. Richard Miller guides the reader through the interpretation of all of Schumann's solo and duet songs, drawing thoroughly on Schumann's compositional style and its historical background. In addition to covering the "familiar forty"--the much-performed songs Schumann composed in and around 1840 while trying to win the hand of Clara Wieck--Miller takes an in-depth look at the lesser known early and later songs. In particular, he focuses on the rich and varied repertoire of Schumann's later years, challenging the conventional view that these works reflect a decline in the composer's creative powers. Singing Schumann begins with an overview of Schumann as a song composer and then proceeds to survey the entire repertoire, song by song. It features the well-known cycles, including the Eichendorff Liederkreis , Frauenliebe und leben , and Dichterliebe , as well as the Liederalbum fur die Jugend and settings of texts by Goethe, Burns, Ruckert, and Kulmann. Using numerous musical examples, Miller uncovers Schumann's characteristic compositional devices and describes his novel and experimental approaches to the interpretation of texts, often achieved through exceptionally colorful keyboard accompaniments. Musically sensitive and eminently readable, Singing Schumann is an invaluable guide for teachers, coaches, pianists, and singers.

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Voicing: Solo | 5487b | Book | $34.95

Robert Schumann : Song's For Men's Choir : TTBB : 01 Songbook : 654979022398  : 00-K02162

Robert Schumann : Song's For Men's Choir

Kalmus presents a new edition of 21 songs by Robert Schumann, with German text, for TTBB (men's) choir. Many are short, and can be mastered for performance by a large or small ensemble. These songs will be wonderful additions to concert programs.

Songlist: Der Traumende See, Die Minnesanger, Die Lotosblume, Der Zecher Als Doctrinair, Rastlose Libe, Fruhlingsglocken, Der Eidegenossen, Freiheitslied, Schlachtgesang, Die Rose Stand Im Thau, Lasst Lautenspiel Und Becherklang Nicht Rasten, Bluth Oder Schnee! Lust Oder Weh!, Gebt Mir Zu Trinken, Zurne Nicht Des Herbstes Wind, In Sommertagen Ruste Den Schlitten, In Meeres Mitten Is Ein Offner Laden, Zur Hohen Jagd, Habet Acht!, Jagdmorgen, Fuhe, Bei Der Flasche

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Voicing: TTBB | 7048b | Songbook | $7.95

Robert Schumann : Verzweifle Nicht Im Schmerzenstal Op. 93 : TTBB : Songbook : 841886005969 : 49016839

Robert Schumann : Verzweifle Nicht Im Schmerzenstal Op. 93

Motet for double male chorus with organ, ad lib. Described as religious song by Schumann, the motet Verzweifle nicht was first performed with organ on July 4, 1850, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary St. Pauli, the choral society at the University of Leipzig. A version with orchestral accompaniment was premiered in 1853. In a letter to Schumann, Herrmann Langer, the conductor of both premieres, called the motet one of the most stimulating and inspiring creations in male-voice literature.

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Voicing: TTBB | 40391b | Songbook | $29.95

Robert Schumann : Verzweifle nicht im Schmerzenstal, Op. 93 : SSAATTBB : Songbook : 884088530082 : 49018105

Robert Schumann : Verzweifle nicht im Schmerzenstal, Op. 93

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | 40392b | Songbook | $18.95

Ward Swingle : Schubert - Moment Musical : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

Ward Swingle : Schubert - Moment Musical

Leonard Bernstein once said of Beethoven that when he had a choice of notes, he always picked the right one. The same can be said of Franz Schubert. His unerring choice of notes produced some of music's greatest melodies. A must for your medium jazz ensemble!

Songlist: Moment Musical Op.94 No. 2, Moment Musical Op. 94 No. 3, Moment Musical Op. 94 No. 6

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by The Swingle Singers | 9709b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella

Individual Folios

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So Wahr die Sonne Scheinet : TB : John Leavitt : Robert Schumann : Sheet Music : 08596714 : 073999967142

John Leavitt : So Wahr die Sonne Scheinet

Equally effective with male or treble ensembles, this 2-part work offers an appropriate challenge to developing ensembles. Ideal for contest or festival occasions. Available: SA/TB. Performance Time: Approx. 2:00.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Composer: Robert Schumann | Country: Germany

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08596714

We're Here To Sing : SAB : Peggy Proctor Aranowski : Robert Schumann : The Wizard of Oz : Sheet Music : 35028834 : 884088885977 : 1480330523

Peggy Proctor Aranowski : We're Here To Sing

This beloved melody is probably best remembered from The Wizard of Oz! Set to delightful lyrics, this partner-style song is created specifically so the boys and the girls can individually learn their unison parts then sing together with a simple and short 3-part mixed middle section that is equally easy to learn. Terrific for choirs that have separate rehearsals for their male and female singers, this is a simple, fun and endearing opener for any concert!

Arranger: Peggy Proctor Aranowski | Composer: Robert Schumann | Lyricist: E.Y. Harburg. | Musical: The Wizard of Oz

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35028834

Widmung : SSA : Jill Gallina : Robert Schumann : Sheet Music : 35027716 : 884088538309

Jill Gallina : Widmung

One of Robert Schumann's best-loved songs is available for your SSA voices. The beautiful text speaks of the many emotions true love encompasses while the key has been lowered to accommodate the added vocal harmonies. Lovely and appealing for women's voices. Available separately: SSA, PianoTrax CD (35027473). Duration: ca. 2:30.

Arranger: Jill Gallina | Composer: Robert Schumann | Country: Germany

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35027716

Zigeunerleben : SATB divisi : Robert Schumann : Robert Schumann : Sheet Music : WW1485 : 884088657178

Robert Schumann : Zigeunerleben

A true popular classic, this fresh edition is your opportunity to share the image that the composer paints of European gypsy life in the early 1800s. A high school essential. Triangle and tambourine parts are included. In German with English subtext. Duration: ca. 3:30.

Composer: Robert Schumann | Country: Germany

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WW1485

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