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If you wake up in the morning
Empty and scared
Don’t go to the study and read
Pick up a musical instrument and play
Let the beauty we love, be what we do
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground Rumi

Schumann, Three Romances, Op. 94

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Three Romances, Op. 94, (1849) arrangement for Harp and Clarinet

Robert SchumannSchumann was the quintessential romantic, not in the simple notion of a lover, but in the deeper and broader notion of a visionary storyteller where character, setting, mood and developmental drama create seemingly living fairytales out of sound. Growing up with a father who was a writer and the owner of bookstore, Schumann absorbed literature as much as music and this would deeply influence his teeming imagination and his prodigious musical output. While Schumann would eventually conquer the large formal abstractions of the symphony and the string quartet among others, he was perhaps most original with vivid miniatures: art songs, solo piano works and evocative delights for small ensemble that gave birth to the Romantic "character piece."
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