Weekend Repertoire: Schumann’s Arabeske

As my son went up to bed tonight (at the time of writing this post…yes I write a lot of these in advance – as a mama you’ve got to take the time when it’s available!), he called down the stairs, “Mommy, play me some music!” Which really warmed my heart because he doesn’t often say things like that. He usually tries to pull me away from the piano instead of requesting it. I played through a few pieces, and then picked up Schumann’s Arabeske, a piece I have loved ever since hearing it for the very first time, and one that I performed at my sophomore recital in college. As I played the familiar notes it was almost like seeing an old friend after many years. There really is something so beautiful and transcendent about this piece, the harmonies and the colors that simply rekindles my love of music and the piano.

If you are not familiar with this amazing piece, please take a few minutes and watch this amazing video of Horowitz’s performance of it in Carnegie Hall. Pay close attention at 5:58 – this little “benediction” is just heavenly. Who else is just amazingly grateful for music after hearing this piece?

Jennifer Boster

2 Responses to “Weekend Repertoire: Schumann’s Arabeske

  • I have a feeling I'm going to be listening to this over and over and over and over! Thank you for sharing it:)

  • Beautiful! It's so nice to have our children appreciate the things we love. Yesterday my 4 yr old daughter said, "I know what I want to be when I grow up, mom…. a "peeeeyaaahnist." Music to my ears!!!
    After a lot of pushing and prodding her older 3 siblings, it looks like I finally have a child who loves piano as much as I do. Housework quickly goes to the wayside when she hops on the bench and says "Mom, Can I have a lesson?" Have fun with your little guy – they grow up so quickly!