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Schumann difficult

Schumann is tough music. The difficulties in this music seem irresistable to virtuosi in the same way that moths are drawn to flames or bees are drawn to blooms.

Lots of people play Schumann who should not be.

This music was written as a kind of virtuoso (venus fly) trap. Too many of the best performers lose the forest for the trees. They get lost in Schumann. They spend so much time dotting every i and crossing every t that they lose sight of the music's overall shape and structure.

Warped, mis-shapen Schumann sounds very, very wrong and yet too many performers cannot even perceive this. I think the music was written this way...the ultimate joke at the expense of the kind of musicianship that Schumann disliked.

Edits: 03/20/12 03/20/12

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