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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 92: Jonathan Biss On Schumann The Fanboy

How did being creatively under Beethoven’s influence shape Schumann’s work?


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Jonathan Biss
Jonathan Biss. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega. Courtesy of the artist’s website.

Every good Beethoven deserves a fanboy, and Robert Schumann was that guy. Who was Schumann, and how was his work shaped by the influence of Beethoven? Pianist, Curtis Institute professor, and writer Jonathan Biss explains all – including his own (extremely cool) fanboy-esque immersion in the works of Schumann and Beethoven. 
Audio production by Todd “Teletubby” Hulslander with frolicking by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. 
All music in this episode played by Jonathan Biss:
  • Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1 (Allegro and Adagio)
  • Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” (Allegro assai and Allegro ma non troppo – Presto)
  • Fantasie in C, Op. 17
  • Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6
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