Carnaval

Carnaval

Robert Schumann

Jacques Rouvier's masterclasses

English 37 min Piano

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in February, 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.

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The masterclass

"He works intensely on various idiomatic aspects of the instrument (the use of the pedal, the need to find a correct balance between the two hands, in terms of dynamics), and also highlights some details about this particular work, looking for a suitable performance to the character proposed by Robert Schumann, as the master says, ""the Carnival is something so happy.""
Of course, when dealing with Schumann, there are moments of contrast, in terms of dynamics and rhythm, for example. So, just as at times the master asks him for a little more rigor in the rhythm, then he indicates that “you can be crazy now with the tempo."""

- Don´t forget to pronounce when playing less
-Importance of making it melodic
-A certain rigor in the rhythm gives the feeling of the maestoso
-Importance of contrasts
-Always breathe and relax your muscles.

This piece was written in 1834, and published in 1835. It originated from his unfinished variations on a Trauerwalzer by Franz Schubert, and dedicated to the violinist Karol Lipiński

  • Student:Niccolo Spolettini
  • Instruments: Piano
  • Date:12 February 2021
  • Academy:Academy Feb. 7 - Feb. 14, 2021
Jacques Rouvier

Jacques Rouvier

You can coexist with the ears, to have exactly the same dynamics as the other note.

Jacques Rouvier

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this piano masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Jacques Rouvier’s feedback and comments.

Jacques Rouvier

Jacques Rouvier

He won two Premiers Prix (first prizes): in piano performance (1965) In chamber music (1967).

Jacques Rouvier was born in Marseilles into a family of musicians. He attended the CNSMD in Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse), where he was taught by Vlado Perlemuter, Pierre Sancan, and Jean Hubeau. He won first prizes in both piano and chamber music. Rouvier then decided to broaden his knowledge about wind section and leading orchestra at the CNSMD too. He owes much to Pierre Barbizet and Jean Fassina. Rouvier won several competitions such as the “Giovan Battista Viotti” International Music Competition, Maria Canal International Music Competition, the European Broadcasting Union Competition, the Long-Thibaud Competition, and the Competition of the Fondation de la Vocation. In 1970, he founded the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller trio, with whom he still performs regularly.

Since 1979, he has taught at the CNSMD in Paris and at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Schumann

Robert Schumann

Born in Zwickau, Saxony (Germany) on June 8, 1810, Robert Schumann was a renowned Romantic composer still celebrated today mainly for his orchestral works and piano compositions. Many of his most famous piano compositions were dedicated to his wife and established pianist, Clara Schumann.

Unlike many composers before him, Schumann did not come from a musical family. Despite this, Robert began learning the piano at an early age at six-years-old. As a teenager, the young musician would become heavily influenced and inspired by Austrian composer Franz Schubert as well as the German poet, Jean Paul Richter. At seventeen, Robert Schumann began composing music that same year.

In 1828, Schumann studied for a few months with famed teacher, Friedrich Wieck — leading to the faithful meeting with Wieck’s daughter Clara. A year later, the young composer left Leipzig for Heidelberg where he composed several waltzes, which were later recycled in his works Papillons (Op. 2). He practiced the piano vigorously until he became a virtuoso pianist. He would return to study with Wieck in Leipzig.

The 1830s was a time for prolific writing and composing for Robert Schumann, where many of his piano pieces were published. They included Papillons, Carnaval, and Études symphonies. Around this period, Clara and Robert would eventually marry.

Robert Schumann would go on to write Davidsbündlertänze, Phantasiestücke, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, Arabeske, Novelletten as well as some chamber works — a departure from his usual compositions.

By the 1840s, Robert Schumann’s works lost the magic that they once had earlier in his life. He suffered from mental illness and would have periods of severe depression and anxiety. He lived the rest of his days near Bonn and died in 1856.

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