This is a very nice competition piece. It shows off both legato playing and flexibility. For horn and piano. (IM.1542).
In 1849 Schumann turned to a new genre: works for piano and accompanying instrument. He showered the different wind instruments systematically with Fantasies, Romances, etc. - and always also provided an alternative part for strings. Thus Schumann also wrote an alternative part for his Adagio and Allegro op. 70 for Horn and Piano, namely for the cello. Clara played the new work together with the horn player E. Julius Schlitterlau, writing afterwards in her diary: "The piece is splendid, fresh and passionate, just as I like it!" And even Schumann admitted enthusiastically that he "had had fun with it" - which is true of many musicians even today.
Here's a recording of Steve Park, professor of horn at Utah State University, playing the Schumann. Do visit his website. He has MP3 files of the piano accompaniment available for free:
Bio of Steve Park:
Steve is adjunct horn professor at Utah State University and plays in the faculty quintet "The Logan Canyon Winds". He has been an adjunct horn teacher at Weber State University, Southern Utah University and Dixie State College. In addition to teaching, Mr. Park is an active studio recording musician, plays in the pit orchestra for Ballet West, and is principal horn of the Orchestra at Temple Square which performs with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He is also principal horn of both the New American Philharmonic and The American Festival Orchestra. His solo horn playing can be heard on several Mormon Tabernacle Choir CDs including “Consider The Lilies”, “Sing, Choirs of Angels” and their latest CDs “Showtime!” and "Heaven‘s Song". He has been married for 35 years and has five children.
Steve has studied with Ed Allen, Robert Bonnevie, Chris Leuba, and Wayne Barrington.Park graduated from Central Washington University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He moved to Austin, Texas where he was graduate horn teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin for a year. He then moved to California and sold insurance and securities for 10 years. In 1992 he started teaching band in the Washington County School District at Dixie Middle School where he taught for six years followed by Dixie High School for two years. In 2001 he received his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah.
Steve started teaching at Ogden High School in the fall of 2000 and taught there until the spring of 2008. When he started, there were 38 students in band and 11 in orchestra. When he left there were over 100 in band and 50 in orchestra. His Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra routinely received Superior ratings at region and state festivals. The Symphony Orchestra was the top 3A orchestra at the state festival for the last 7 years he was there. They have also been the featured high school orchestra at the UMEA Convention in St. George, Utah. Ogden High’s Marching Band was the outstanding band in the AA Marching Band Division in 2005 and again in 2007. They placed second in 2006.
In the fall of 2008 Steve began teaching in the Davis School District at Kaysville Junior High School. His Advanced Band has qualified for the State of Utah Junior High School Band Festival each year since he has been there.
Steve has a popular Youtube channel with over 45 videos of classical and contemporary horn solos including several written for and premiered by him. He has more than 1500 subscribers and averages over 1000 hits per day.