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A Pianoforte Recital


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by IVAN PHILIPOWSKY THE 'PAPILLONS' (Butterflies), an earlier work than the better-known Carnaval, though of the same type, was inspired by Schumann's reading Jean Paul Richter's Flegeljahre, the last scene of which is a masked ball. The short numbers of the suite-there are twelve of them, played without pause--suggest the characters, scenes, bustle and brilliance of the ballroom. In his inimitable, pictorial fashion, Schumann conveys in his music the spirit of the dances, the manners and thoughts of the dancers, and the little incidents inseparable from the animated festivities of a masked ball. The last number, Finale, pictures the end of the ball ; ' the noise of the carnival dies away: the church clock strikes six '. Then we hear the Grandfather's Dance, customarily played in Schumann's day to wind up balls, and especially weddings, followed by the reappearance of the slow waltz, alone and in combination, while the music gradually dies away and is heard no more.


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