Schumann: A Child Falling Asleep from Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15, No. 12 (Intermediate)

Begin this selection calmly, as in a lullaby, but not too slow. Words can be made up and sung along with the melody, perhaps “Hush, little baby, hush, little child.” The E major section signifies that the child is dreaming, and I personally add poco meno mosso eight measures before the end to heighten the dreaminess. Make sure the elbows and arms are relaxed, permitting the sound to be warm and flowing. The poignant harmonies six measures before the end are some of Schumann’s most beautiful writing of the set.

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