Theme in E-flat major (Schumann, Robert)

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See: Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op.23 (Brahms, Johannes)

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Editor Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Publisher. Info. Robert Schumanns Werke, Serie XIV: Supplement
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1893. Plate R.S. 165.
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General Information

Work Title Theme in Es major
Alternative. Title
Composer Schumann, Robert
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. see WoO 24
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRS 157
Key E-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1854
First Publication. 1893
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Piano
External Links All Music Guide (for the set of 5 variations on this theme, WoO 24, by the composer)

Misc. Comments

More or less identical (but shifted down by a fifth) to the theme of the slow movement of the violin concerto in D minor WoO 23 (September-October 1853), but Schumann believed that he was hearing it for the first time when he wrote it down in 1854, as the story goes?... (indeed this theme- on which Schumann also began to write variations himself - his Geister-Variationen, 5 variations on this theme - WoO 24... - is mentioned in the Wikipedia article on the violin concerto.) - Schissel

Further note: the variations WoO 24 were not published until 1939. In "Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters" there is an annotated exchange between Brahms and Joachim in which Brahms expresses his concern that Clara would not approve of his using this theme for a published set of variations, because of the very personal circumstances (he already had composed the variations, which in the event he published with her blessing (she did request that he not note the date that Schumann composed the theme on his score), and which were then dedicated to Julie Schumann).