Davidsbündler (Ger.). Adherents of the League of David. The Davidsbund was an imaginary soc. of artists invented by Robert Schumann to fight the philistines of art in the pages of his magazine Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. Some members represented Schumann's friends under fanciful names, e.g. Wieck (Master Raro), Mendelssohn (Felix Meritis), Stephen Heller (Jeanquirit), Clara Schumann (Chiara, Chiarina, Zilia), and Schumann himself (Florestan and Eusebius, representing the two sides of his nature, fiery and gentle). Other names were taken from the writings of Jean Paul Richter. The Davidsbündlertänze (Dances of the Adherents of the League of David) are 18 ‘characteristic pieces’ for pf. by Schumann, Op.6, comp. 1837, rev. 1850.
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