Saturday, February 8, 2020

Robert Schumann Festival Of Melodic Music In H-Town

These next two weekends in Jones Hall in Houston, TX, will feature some beautiful melodic music by the great German Romantic composer, Robert Schumann.  The fetching Mrs. B and I will be attending these next two Saturdays to hear our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra, led by our music director, Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada, in this "Schumann Festival".

Robert Schumann [1810 - 1856]
Robert Schumann wrote some of the most beautiful and melodic pieces in all genres of classical music.  But Schumann also had a very troubled life; so, he was blessed to have as his wife and love fellow pianist and composer, Clara Wieck-Schumann, who stood by his side.  I talk about this relationship along with his friend, Johannes Brahms, in this previous post: "Robert, Clara and Johannes".

Over this first weekend of the Schumann Festival will feature Schumann's wonderful piano concerto plus his 4 Symphonies: 1 and 2 on Saturday night and 3 and 4 on Sunday.

This from the HSO website: "Robert Schumann’s music speaks to us in a timeless, universal language. His romance with virtuoso pianist Clara Wieck is a love story for the ages, while his ongoing battle with depression, and eventual descent into insanity, makes his noble, life-affirming creations all the more remarkable. Join us for a deep dive into the trials and the triumphs, the love and the madness, the man and the music. In this concert with guest artist Benjamin Grosvenor, Alley Theatre Resident Acting Company member Jay Sullivan introduces each piece with words based on Schumann’s writings."

Next Saturday I will talk about part 2 of the Schumann Festival.  We are really looking forward to hear Schumann's first two symphonies on Saturday night along with his very beautiful piano concerto.  This is one of my favorite concertos for the piano and I will be looking forward to hear soloist, British virtuoso, Benjamin Grosvenor perform it.  The concerto is scored in  A-minor with 3 movements: 1. Allegro Affettuoso;  2. Andantino Grazioso and with no break 3. Allegro Vivace.

As usual, when Sheralyn and I go to a concert in Jones Hall, I like to give you a sample of the pieces we will be hearing.  So, please turn up the volume and play in full screen to hear some beautiful music from Robert Schumann.

Robert Schumann:  Symphony #1 in B Flat Major, "Spring":


Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A-minor:




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