Bunte Blätter, Opus 99, by Schumann

Between 1838 to 1841, German composer Robert Schumann wrote the fourteen piano pieces which later became collectively known as Opus 99, Bunte Blätter (Colorful Leaves).  It is an unusual collection, consisting of Stücklein III (Three Small Pieces), five untitled Albumblätter (Album Leaves), and six individual piano pieces.

Schumann was first a composer for solo piano.  With the support and encouragement of his wife, Clara, Schumann also wrote vocal, choral and orchestral works.  Some of Schumann’s works have been transcribed for organ, and I enjoy playing the fifth Albumblätter, Langsam (slow) as an organ prelude for a Sunday morning.  The quiet and calm of this song gives us an opportunity to meditate and focus.

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