Carnaval (Carnival). Schumann's pf. comp. Op.9, comp. 1834–5 and sub-titled Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes (dainty scenes on 4 notes), the notes being A–S–C–H (A♭–E♭–C–B). Asch was the hometown of a girl with whom he was in love and its 4 letters were the only ‘musical’ letters of his name. Each of the 21 pieces has a descriptive title, e.g. Papillons. Orch. version by Glazunov and others used for Fokine ballet (St Petersburg 1910).
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