Robert Schumann in fact composed just one work for the clarinet, namely the “Drei Fantasiestücke” op. 73 for clarinet and piano of February 1849. But the “Drei Romanzen” op. 94 for oboe, written at the end of that same year, we marketed with solo parts for clarinet and for violin too. Clarinettists are certainly delighted that G. Henle Verlag is following this principle of alternative scoring. The manuscript that Robert gave to his wife Clara in 1849 as a Christmas gift does not survive. Instead, autograph sketches have been consulted for our Urtext edition, and these have enabled correction of some irregularities in the 1851 first edition. The editor's preface and commentary give extensive information on textual questions.
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