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Piano Instruction, Don’t wake the “Sleeping Child,” Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 No. 12

Often contemplative, lyrical pieces like lullabies, are bigger challenges to play than lightning bolt fast and furious etudes, final sonata movements etc.

“Sleeping Child” is its own poster child for fostering relaxed breaths, flowing musical poetry, and bigger energies beyond the fingers. It’s essentially a task not to wake the baby, with obtrusive, unwanted accents. (The flexible wrist is a shock absorber when needed)

In the videos below I divide Schumann’s masterwork into three parts, and consider fingerings, keys, harmonic surprises, inner voices and much more.

There’s infinite beauty contained in the composer’s short one page plus of music, but to experience heights of pleasure learning it, requires a patient, step-wise, non-judgmental approach. Toss in inspiration, enthusiasm commitment, and the journey is worth time invested.

Play through:

Sleeping Child Schumann Kinderszene reduced

Sleeping Child p. 2 Kinderszenen reduced

2 thoughts on “Piano Instruction, Don’t wake the “Sleeping Child,” Schumann Kinderszenen, Op. 15 No. 12”

  1. Thank you for saying this is a difficult piece! When I first began learning it, I thought it should be easy but it is very complex in places. Not Bach perhaps but still complex. Now it is one of my favorites to perform! As always, I appreciate your insights and I will definitely have them in my thoughts the next time I play this piece. I am sad to see your 1092 go. I just love my 1098. But you will still have your grand! 🙂

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