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Schumann, Album for the Young op. 68 and Scenes from Childhood op. 15 HN46

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The Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) op. 15 were composed in spring 1838, having already received mention under this title in entries contained in Schumanns diary. The individual pieces making up this famous work which were definitely intended to constitute a complete cycle are, according to Schumanns own words adult reminiscences for adults. Referring to Scenes from Childhood in a letter addressed to his wife-to-be a year later, Schumann relates, What wild imaginings and dreams I experienced while writing these Scenes.

In contrast to Scenes from Childhood, the Album fr die Jugend (Album for the Young) op. 68 is designed more with children in mind. Schumann remarks to a younger friend of their having originated from within genuine home life. Some of the pieces (nos. 21, 26, 28 and 30) are dedicated to the memory of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, No. 28 having been written for the anniversary of Mendelssohns death. No. 41 Nordic Song with compliments to G., having as its main theme GADE, was evidently written as a token of homage to Niels W.