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Schumann’s Traumerei.... #2843057 04/27/19 06:00 PM
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....is harder than it looks (at least with Henle’s fingering).


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Re: Schumann’s Traumerei.... [Re: cmb13] #2843059 04/27/19 06:06 PM
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If a fingering is hard you should definitely try and find one that suits you better.

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Originally Posted by cmb13
....is harder than it looks (at least with Henle’s fingering).

What do you think about m.22? smile


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Re: Schumann’s Traumerei.... [Re: cmb13] #2843062 04/27/19 06:10 PM
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It's absolutely gorgeous, though, so it must be entirely worth it in the end.


I've started playing January 2017, Nothing is too easy is where I keep track of my progress.

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Redistribution between the hands is crucial for this piece, at least for those of us without enormous hands. Oh, and judicious pedaling so you can let go where holding is unnecessary and uncomfortable. It's one of the early ones my Taubman teacher taught me how to play with comfort and ease. (Haven't looked at the Henle fingering.)

In m. 22 I roll the whole thing--in this case taking the bottom three notes in LH, next three in RH and LH on the top note.


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Tricky one to know WHEN to pedal and not.


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It seems there are weird shifts in position in nearly every measure. It almost sounds a little religious to me. Anyway it’s short and I don’t really love it so it’ll be a throwaway for me. Who knows maybe when I can do it justice, I’ll like it more. I was surprised, however, at the difficulty. Kinderszenen my a$*!!


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Re: Schumann’s Traumerei.... [Re: cmb13] #2843094 04/27/19 10:59 PM
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It's a great piece. It's short, but full of a bazillion things to work on, both technically and expression-wise. I'm doing other pieces in Kinderscenen now, but Traumerei is one I'll keep working on.


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I really like the Kinderszenen pieces. Träumerei is not one of my favourites, it is too sentimental even for this sentimental old fool.

I have learnt to play of foreign lands and people, but getting the expression right is proving really difficult. Getting pedalling right is hard, I am also trying again to move my fingers further from the fall board to help cope with the short pivot of my piano to make it easier to control the speed the notes are played and released.

I think though I need to put it aside for now and come back to it in a month or so.

I started on Der Dichter spricht on Friday and it is coming together fairly quickly to play but I suspect getting the expression from it I want will also be hard.

I don’t think “Kinderszenes” is meant to imply simple.

Perhaps the true meaning is the connection with the frustration a child has when they struggle to express themselves.

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Originally Posted by cmb13
I was surprised, however, at the difficulty. Kinderszenen my a$*!!


Yes, it was definitely not written for children.



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I don’t think “Kinderszenes” is meant to imply simple.

Perhaps the true meaning is the connection with the frustration a child has when they struggle to express themselves.


Maybe it is, but formally Kinderszenen was written as an illustration of childhood, depicted in various scenes.


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Ah...a lovely short piece. But certainly not simple or easy. Traumarei is one I come back to periodically and seek to make it smoother and express more. I find it beautiful and one that is appreciated by listeners which I need in my limited performance repertoire. Mine is the Alfred edition and the fingering has not been my problem with it...more the pedal. I roll the chord at mm22 as well into a reflective ritard. I guess I like the thoughtful ones without the fast and furious passages (mainly because I can't do them).


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Here’s a nice performance. Interesting to me how effortless he makes it seem!

Can't seem to get it to start at the right place; it's 6:45.


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Originally Posted by cmb13
Anyway it’s short and I don’t really love it so it’ll be a throwaway for me.
Wow! This piece is a perennial in my repertoire.

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I was surprised, however, at the difficulty. Kinderszenen my a$*!!
This collection wasn't intended for children or younger players; it is not a follow on to Album for the Young. It is a recollection of childhood seen through adult eyes and meant for adults. Traumerei is ABRSM Grade 6 or 7 - similar to the Chopin Nocturne in Eb or the Brahms Waltz in Ab.

There was a good video about this piece and the build up to the chord in M22 but I can't find it at the moment. It might have Benjamin Zander or it might have been Lang Lang. Someone else might find it but it is worth checking out.


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Originally Posted by QuasiUnaFantasia
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I was surprised, however, at the difficulty. Kinderszenen my a$*!!


Yes, it was definitely not written for children.



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I don’t think “Kinderszenes” is meant to imply simple.

Perhaps the true meaning is the connection with the frustration a child has when they struggle to express themselves.


Maybe it is, but formally Kinderszenen was written as an illustration of childhood, depicted in various scenes.


Mine was a silly throw away remark, attempting to highlight my own frustration at my inability to give decent expression to the Kinderszenen piece Von Fremden Ländern und Menschen.

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Originally Posted by zrtf90
This collection wasn't intended for children or younger players; it is not a follow on to Album for the Young.

Indeed it is not a follow up. That would have been quite a feat otherwise, seeing that Kinderszenen was composed 10 years before the Album for the Young. grin

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Originally Posted by cmb13


Here’s a nice performance. Interesting to me how effortless he makes it seem!

Can't seem to get it to start at the right place; it's 6:45.


I like these interpretations better than the recording I have by Maria João Pires.

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Originally Posted by jdw
Redistribution between the hands is crucial for this piece, at least for those of us without enormous hands.

In m. 22 I roll the whole thing--in this case taking the bottom three notes in LH, next three in RH and LH on the top note.
I see only two chords that require a stretch beyond an octave if played as written...the LH tenth(FCA) in the first measure that appears three or four times and the chord you mention. The first chord can be done by interchanging the notes played with the LH and RH thumbs.

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I struggle the most with the double appoggiaturas in m. 2 and m. 6, getting them appropriately placed and the next chord properly voiced. The large chord in m. 22 is shown as a suggested roll (Alfred edition) and that has taken a lot of practice as well.

The repeated FCA chords I definitely spread between RH and LH and use pedal as well. And then of course there are so many choices to make with pedaling in the rest of the piece. Then there are the dynamics and the voicings. All in all, it's a miniature course in piano technique.

Is it sentimental? Sure. It's a traumerei (reverie or memory) of childhood. The most famous (perhaps) rendition is when Horowitz performed it as an encore upon his first return to Moscow since leaving as a child.

Horowitz plays Traumerei in Moscow


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Good one, Stubbie! Thanks for the background.


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Originally Posted by JoBert
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This collection wasn't intended for children or younger players; it is not a follow on to Album for the Young.

Indeed it is not a follow up. That would have been quite a feat otherwise, seeing that Kinderszenen was composed 10 years before the Album for the Young. grin


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