Schumann: Hermann und Dorothea, Op. 136

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  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Instrumentation: Orchestra
  • Work: Hermann and Dorothea, Op. posth. 136
  • ISMN: 9790004212363
  • Size: 9.8 x 12.6 inches
  • Pages: 44
  • Urtext / Critical Edition

Description

Urtext of the Revolutionary

The Overture to Hermann and Dorothea is the only compositional result that Schumann reaped from Goethes epic poem. He had originally planned an entire opera, then a Singspiel, and finally an oratorio. in the end (1851), he quickly produced an orchestral score that remained unprinted during his lifetime. The striking thematic use of the Marseillaise is multiply motivated: Goethes poem unfolds in 1796, when the two eponymous lovers are fleeing from the French revolutionary troops; Schumann had directly experienced the revolutionary uprisings of 1848 in Dresden; finally, Louis Napoléons coup détat of 2 December 1851 must also have made an impact on the composer. The primary source of the Urtext edition of Schumanns Revolutionary Overture is the carefully written autograph.

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