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Eric Jensen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737352.001.0001

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The Piano Compositions, 1834–39

The Piano Compositions, 1834–39

(p.136) Chapter Eight The Piano Compositions, 1834–39

Eric Frederick Jensen

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the influence of Johann Sebastian Bach on the piano compositions of Robert Schumann from 1834 to 1839. Schumann’s initial contact with Bach's music was a result of his studies with Johann Gottfried Kuntsch. He considered Bach as his “daily bread” and “daily Bible.” He studied one of Bach compositions repeatedly, the Well-Tempered Clavier. Schumann's frequent use of chromaticism and motivic melodic basis can be attributed to Bach's influence.

Keywords:   Johann SebastianBach, Robert Schumann, Johann Gottfried Kuntsch, Well-Tempered Clavier, motivic melodic basis, melodic line

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