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Ludwig Schunke Composer

Grande sonata for piano in G-, Op.3

Performances: 1
Tracks: 4
Musicology (work in progress):
  • Grande sonata for piano in G-, Op.3
    Key: G-
    • 1.Allegro
    • 2.Scherzo: Molto allegro
    • 3.Andante sostenuto
    • 4.Finale: Allegro
Leopold Schuncke (or Schunke as it is sometimes spelled) is one of the forgotten figures of early Romanticism in music. He is primarily known as the dedicatee of Robert Schumann's Toccata, op 7. Schuncke and Schumann happened to live next door to each other in the same boarding house in Leipzig. They were both struggling young composers and were of the same age, and became close friends; together they edited the influential "Neues Zeitschrift für Music" or "New Journal for Music."

However, Schuncke died at the age of twenty-three, far to young to have made much mark on musical history. This sonata in four movements, lasting around twenty-three minutes, shows that he was a composer of considerable promise. Written less than two years before his death of tuberculosis, it is a very listenable and poetic piece, although without the sense of greatness that one feels in some of Schumann's work of the same period.

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