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Published on May 28, 2015
This presentation begins with a discussion of the man, Schumann, and his life. It is followed by thoughts on his music (at 15:07), German Romanticism (at 28:13), and the performance of his music (at 32:34). A live performance of 3 Lieder from Liederkreis, op. 39, with Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano, appears (at 35:29). The influence of Jean Paul Richter and E.T.A. Hoffmann on Schumann is then explored and illustrated with Papillons, op. 2, (at 48:41). An overview of Schumann’s piano music (at 1:15:00) is followed by further thoughts on performing Schumann (at 1:17:15). The Kinderszenen, op. 15, are then discussed from a pedagogical perspective (at 1:21:23). The presentation concludes with a live performance of Aufschwung, op. 12, no. 2 (at 1:46:10).
George Fee received his doctorate in Piano Performance from Indiana University, where he was a student of Menahem Pressler. He and his wife, Dr. Susan Dersnah Fee, are independent piano teachers in San Diego, CA. Their website is http://www.dersnah-fee.com.