Quatre Pièces caractéristiques, op.5 and Quatre Pièces fugitives, op.15 by Clara Schumann in the context of the composer’s style evolution





cycle, piano miniatures, evolution of style, C. Schumann, dramaturgical features


The article is devoted to consideration of the compositional, dramaturgical and stylistic features of two cycles of C. Schumann’s piano miniatures: Quatre Pièces characteristicistiques op.5 and Quatre Pièces fugitives op.15, which show the evolution of the composer’s style. An example of a concert-virtuoso interpretation is the cycle op.5. It is characterized by a variety of strokes and a wealth of dynamic nuances, as well as an emphasized brightness of musical images. Another cycle, op.15, is an intimate composition and demonstrates a departure from the brilliant virtuosity that was characteristic of the first period of the composer’s work. These opuses differ in the principles of the dramaturgical solution and the implementation of programmatic in them. However, they have certain stylistic constants: contrasting combinations of different textures and themes, whimsical rhythms.


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Author Biography

Roksana Nikolenko, Kharkiv State Academy of Culture

She is a pianist and musicologist. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Piano Department of the Kharkiv State Academy of Culture. She teaches the “Piano” course and several lecture courses, including “Pedagogy and Methods of Piano Performing” and “Jazz Piano Performing”. In 2018, she received a Master’s degree in Musical Art (Piano and Organ study programme) at the Kharkiv I. P. Kotliarevsky National University of Arts. In 2021, she completed her postgraduate studies at the same university and defended her dissertation for the PhD degree in music art on the topic “Stylistic mechanisms of performing and composing creativity of Marc-André Hamelin”. Her research interests include the study of such musicological categories as performing and compositional style, piano performing.


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How to Cite

Nikolenko, Roksana. 2023. “Quatre Pièces caractéristiques, op.5 and Quatre Pièces Fugitives, op.15 by Clara Schumann in the Context of the composer’s Style Evolution”. Per Musi 24 (August):1-11. https://doi.org/10.35699/2317-6377.2023.47697.