Toccata op.7, C major
composed 1829-1833 
Dédiée à son ami Louis Schuncke
The Toccata, op. 7, is one of  Robert Schumann’s first compositions. It reveals Schumann’s expressive potential, although the main motif is a veritable exercise in double notes. He dedicated the work to his childhood friend Ludwig Schunke, who died young. “If you dedicate a piece to someone, you want it to be played in an exemplary fashion; for many reasons I alloted him perhaps one of the most difficult of piano pieces, the toccata…He flew to it like an eagle, with Jupiter’s lightning bolts in his nerves, but his eyes quietly gleaming.

Translation: William Melton
© Franz Vorraber