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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

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(p.136) Chapter Eight The Piano Compositions, 1834–39
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Schumann
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Eric Frederick Jensen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737352.003.0008

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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