Tuesday's mystery piece

Robert SchumannRobert SchumannToday we heard Johnathan Biss playing a selection from Robert Schumann’s Papillons (Butterflies).   He "made himself a new ideal world in which he moved almost as he wills," according to one contemporary critic.  Musicians are celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth today, June 8th.   Born in 1810, Schumann spent his childhood reading like crazy.  His father was a bookseller, publisher, and novelist. 

 

Tomorrow . . .  a suite of waltzes by one of the most remarkable composers of the 20th century. 

 

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