Robert Schumann (1810–1856) Scherzo in G minor (1841)
No. 13 from “Bunte Blätter” Op. 99 - orchestration edited by Joachim Draheim [orch] Duration: 5'
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The Scherzo, which was fully notated in short score in Schumann's hand, is the most fully formed movement of a "symphonie classique" which Schumann ultimately did not complete. The Scherzo was premiered in Karlsruhe. on 19 May l994.
Some amazing orchestral treasures have been unearthed for the Schumann year 2010. In 1840/41, the composer sketched some "symphonic essays" which included a C minor symphony, of which a G minor Scherzo has survived as a short score with orchestration indications. Schumann also wrote the Abendmusik in B flat major at the same time, a piano piece that he then incorporated with the G minor Scherzo as nos. 12 and 13 into the Bunte Blätter op. 99. The Abendmusik, however, sounds more like a piano reduction than an original piano piece. Either it goes back to another "symphonic" project, or it stems from the time of the Spring Symphony in B flat major op. 38. In 1996 Joachim Draheim made an orchestral reconstruction of the Scherzo. Experiences with performances and recordings have now led to a new version. After the model of the Scherzo, Draheim has now made an orchestration of the Abendmusik as well, which was commissioned by the Sächsische Staatskapelle. Both pieces have the same scoring, and their keys harmonize well together. They can thus be combined well with one another, but are also ideal as encores. A recording of the "world premieres" under Daniel Harding at Dresden's Frauenkirche on 20 March 2010 will be released by Arthaus in 2010.