Schumann- Kinderscenen Op.15: Nos 1,3 and 11

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1. What rhythmical devices are used to add to the dreamy nature in no 1?

  • Over use of sustain pedal, pauses in every bar and held notes
  • Blurred rhythms, rubato and ritardano followed by a pause
  • Held notes, overlapping rhythms and pp dynamics
  • Blurred rhythms, use of the soft pedal and uneven pulse
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2. What is the main texture in no's 1 and 3?

  • Monophonic
  • A layered texture
  • Melody dominated hymophony
  • Contrapuntal texture

3. What note of the scale does no 1 end in?

  • Mediant- 3rd
  • Supertonic- 2nd
  • Dominant- 5th
  • Tonic- 1st

4. What kind of sophisticated harmony is found in no 1?

  • Neopolitan 6th chords in bars 5 and 7
  • Dminished 7ths in bars 1 and 3 & unrelated chords of B and G played one after another in bar 12
  • Sus 9 chords in bars 11-12 and unrelated chords of F# and E played in bar 8
  • Augmented chords in bars 2 and 4

5. What kind of relationship does the key and harmony have in no 11?

  • Harmony enhances the key
  • Harmony disguises the key
  • Key disguises the harmony
  • No relationship


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