Schumann (Camwell): Traumerei, op. 15, no. 7, for saxophone quartet [SATB or AATB]
Code: JP4065 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0197-7
In 1838, Robert Schumann wrote a set of 13 piano pieces he
titled Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood). The music
imagines memories and feelings of childhood but from a
sentimental adult perspective. They were composed during
the spring of 1838 during a difficult period of separation
from his fiancee, Clara Wieck, who was on tour as a
pianist and whose father objected to the idea of her
marriage to the composer. In March of that year, Robert
wrote to Clara, "I have been waiting for your letter and
have in the meantime filled several books with
pieces.... You once said to me that I often seemed like
a child, and I suddenly got inspired and knocked off
around 30 quaint little pieces.... I selected several
and titled them Kinderszenen. You will enjoy them,
though you will need to forget that you are a virtuoso
when you play them."
The best known movement is No. 7, Traumerei, meaning
'Reverie' or 'Dreaming.' Its delicate melody and
tranquil mood is often used by performers to calm
audiences after a long series of rousing encores.
Duration approximately 3 minutes. Score and individual
parts are included.
This arrangement for saxophone quartet by Dave Camwell
is preferred to be done with soprano saxophone, but an
alternate alto saxophone part, replacing the soprano if
desired, is also included in the set.