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Week 10: Robert Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9

Schumann (1810-1856) is probably the most interesting figure of the Romantic generation of composers. Plagued by physical and psychiatric maladies for most of his adult life, his work is consistently idiosyncratic, inspired by the world of ideas and particularly intense … Continue reading

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Week 5: Chopin’s Preludes Op. 28

Last week we talked about Bach’s monumental set of Preludes and Fugues, and this week we’ll consider Chopin’s answer, a set of Preludes that also covers every possible key. Hopefully you remember that in The Well-Tempered Clavier the Preludes served … Continue reading

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