Romanze und Fughette op.32
dedicated to Miss Amalie Rieffel
Scherzo, Sehr markiert, B-flat
Klavierstücke, op. 32, are motivically interrelated, and make up a
small Schumannesque suite. All four movements share a dance-like character.
The gigue is a dance that often ends Bachs Suites. In a letter to the
mortally-ill music lover Henriette Voigt, the dedicatee of the Sonata in
G minor, Schumann wrote:
I have again been rescued by Bach, and so
have regained the strength to work and to love. The fughettas, whose
rhythm and motifs are related to the last Nachtstück, were supplemented
by Schumann after the return from Vienna. He wrote to Clara in 1839 about
the Scherzo, Gigue, Romanze und Fughette, op. 32: The Gigue is an old,
outmoded dance in triple meter with fugal entrances. Do you like it?
Translation: William Melton
© Franz Vorraber