Schumann: Carnaval Op.9

Robert Schumann#s Carnaval is much more than a set of character pieces and musical portraits, it is in fact also a work of ingenious orthographies. Schumann realized that the name of his fiancée's hometown, #Asch#, could be translated into notes according to the German reckoning of pitch names: #A# became A natural, #S# (Es) E flat, #C# C natural, and #H# B natural. Moreover, when the letters are rearranged to S-C-H-A, they became symbolic of his own name #SCHumAnn#. Each of the pieces in uses these notes and almost every section incorporates a variation of the A-S-C-H pattern.

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