Having trouble attracting butterflies to your garden??
Try playing Butterfly Music!
To A Butterfly
I've Watched you now and full half-hour,
This plot of orchard-ground is ours;
Robert Schumann's intended career as a concert pianist ended before it actually began. After inventing an exercise gadget that he hoped would quickly strengthen his hands, he over-used it and instead, permanently injured a finger. He was now forced to turn his attention to composing.
Papillons, Op.2, written in 1832 is Schumann's first significant musical composition. The music itself is not meant to evoke images of butterflies (papillons). Rather, Schumann used this title in reference to himself, emerging to a new life as a composer - the way a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis to begin a new phase of life.
"Papillons" is a musical rendering of the ballroom scene from a chapter of the novel "Flegeljahre" by Jean Paul Richter, Schumann's favorite novelist. This composition is actually a series of twelve Austrian, German, and Polish dances, some reminiscent of the Schubert waltzes (#11 and #15), another in polonaise rhythm (#18). The finale (#19) is based on the "Grandfather's Dance" (Grossvatertanz), a dance tune popular at weddings in the 17th century. It usually marked the end of the evening's festivities. When listening to the finale, imagine a masked ball coming to a close. The guests gradually leave the ballroom, the clock strikes six, and the music fades away. The "eleventh finger" in the finale was contributed by Joanne Aquavia!
1.Schmetterling (Butterfly) Op.8 #4 - Gustav Merkel 1827-1885
Nancy Aquavia Westberg - Pianist
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