||In each and every
joy and sorrow are bound.
Remain pious in joy and greet
sorrow with courage Old Proverb.
Motto of the Davidsbündlertänze, op.6
The Davidsbündlertänze, op. 6,
“differ from Carnaval greatly, as faces differ from masks,” wrote Schumann
to Clara from Vienna in 1838. “Though I may misjudge, as I have not been
able to distance myself from them. One thing I do know, that they were
produced with joy, whereas the others often caused toil and anguish.” At
the beginning of the work he quoted Clara Wieck’s Marzurka, op. 6, no.
5. Afterwards followed two books of nine dances each. Schumann termed them,
“Dances of death, St. Vitus’ dances, dances of the Graces, goblin’s dances,
etc.” In the first edition he wrote either Eusebius or Florestan under
each of the respective dances.