Evening Masterwork: Schumann’s Fantasy

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Fantasy in C by Robert Schumann

Evening Masterwork for July 10, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Clara Schumann had quite a bit of influence over the creation of Robert Schumann’s Fantasy for solo piano. Prior to their marriage, the relationship suffered through some enforced separations – Clara’s father did not approve of the courtship – and during one of these separations, Robert Schumann began work on this work for solo piano. He wrote to Clara: “The first movement is the most passionate I have ever composed; it is a profound lament on your account.” We’ll hear the Fantasy for solo piano by Robert Schumann, tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.