IV Märsche op.76 
komponiert 1849 

Mit grösster Energie, Es-Dur
Sehr kräftig, g-Moll
Lager-Szene, Sehr mässig, B-Dur
Mit Kraft und Feuer, Es-Dur

In the meanwhile Schumann had married Clara, and was living in Dresden at the time of the Revolution of 1848. He wrote of the Marches that they should “not be alte Dessauer, but rather republican.” The Four Marches, op. 76, are a direct response to the Revolution that reached Dresden in 1849. Many of the city’s artists, among them Richard Wagner, took the side of the Republican Guard. The Schumann family was filled with disgust at the sight of the dead and the reigning lawlessness, and fled to the village of Kreischa. From this experience came the Marches’ additional title, “On the Road to Kreischa.” Schumann later noted, “Naturally this subtitle was left off.


Translation: William Melton
© Franz Vorraber