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by Robert Schumann
Schumann - Kinderszenen, Op15 - Score 1st page.jpg
First edition title page
EnglishScenes from Childhood
OpusOp. 15
PeriodRomantic period
Movements13 pieces
ScoringSolo piano

Kinderszenen[a] (German pronunciation: ['k?ndst?se:n?n], "Scenes from Childhood"), Op. 15, by Robert Schumann, is a set of thirteen pieces of music for piano written in 1838.

History and description

Schumann wrote 30 movements for this work but chose 13 for the final version.[] The unused movements were later published in Bunte Blätter, Op. 99, and Albumblätter, Op. 124.[1] Discussing the set, Schumann told his wife Clara that the "thirty small, droll things" were inspired by her comment that he sometimes seemed "like a child". In 1840, he described them as "more cheerful, gentler, more melodic" than his earlier works.[2]

Movement No. 7 of the work, Träumerei, is one of Schumann's best known pieces; it is the opening and closing musical theme of the 1947 Hollywood film Song of Love,[3] and Träumerei is the title of a 1944 German biographical film on Schumann.[4]. In Russia, the piece became known as mourning music, being played annually during the Minute of Silence on Victory Day [5].

Originally called Leichte Stücke ("Easy Pieces"), the section titles were only added after the completion of the composition, and Schumann described them as "nothing more than delicate hints for execution and interpretation".[6] Timothy D. Taylor, however, has discussed the choice of titles for this work in the context of the changing situation of music culturally and economically, stating that the final movement, entitled Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks), marked a realisation among composers that, due to the decline of patronage structures in the 19th century, their musical works must take on new meanings.[7]

In 1974, Eric Sams noted that there was no known complete manuscript of Kinderszenen.[8]



  1. ^ Original spelling: Kinderscenen
  2. ^ Original spelling: Curiose Geschichte
  3. ^ Original spelling: Am Camin


  1. ^ Polansky, Robert (Spring 1978). "The Rejected Kinderscenen of Robert Schumann's Opus 15". Journal of the American Musicological Society. 31 (1): 126-131. doi:10.1525/jams.1978.31.1.03a00070. JSTOR 831388.
  2. ^ Jensen, Eric Frederick (16 January 2012). Schumann. Oxford University Press. pp. 162-. ISBN 978-0-19-983068-8 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Träumerei" played by Katharine Hepburn in the film Song of Love on YouTube
  4. ^ Träumerei on IMDb
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  6. ^ Thorpe, Day; Schumann, Robert; Von Irmer, Otto; Lampe, Walther (December 1990). "Music Reviews: Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 (Urtext)". Notes (2nd Ser.). 11 (4): 605-606. doi:10.2307/893060. JSTOR 837021.
  7. ^ Taylor, Timothy D. (December 1990). "Aesthetic and Cultural Issues in Schumann's "Kinderszenen"". International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music. 21 (2): 161-178. doi:10.2307/837021. JSTOR 837021.
  8. ^ Sams, Eric; Schumann; Goebels, Franzpeter (1974). "Schuman scenes". The Musical Times. 115 (1572): 146. doi:10.2307/955016. JSTOR 955016.

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