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Schumann's Carnaval

Stephen Johnson tries to uncover the mysteries of Schumann's piano suite Carnaval, a work containing many musical puzzles and allusions.

Robert Schumann would definitely be a cryptic crossword fan if he were alive today. With its subtitle 'Little Scenes on Four Notes', the piano suite Carnaval is full of musical puzzles and allusions, as well as vivid portraits of the masked revellers which inspired Schumann to write it. Stephen Johnson sets out to unearth the mysteries which Schumann buried in the piece.

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20 minutes

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Mon 4 Jun 2012 20:20


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Composer Robert Schumann