American Cellist Carmine Miranda Makes A Remarkable Historical Discovery: A Hidden Code Inside Robert Schumann’s Composition

In an article titled Decoding The Schumann Cello Concerto for The Musical Times journal of music, the international recording artist and soloist Carmine Miranda describes that Robert Schumann used a “key” to encode the name of the composer’s wife name inside the orchestral score. This theory presented by Mr. Miranda’s article could possibly clarify certain myths about the composer but also may well bring into light Schumann’s compositional method for his Cello Concerto in A minor and other pieces during his later years.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) wrote the piece in a period of two weeks and later revised it for two more consecutive years. During this time he underwent a tumultuous period, which according to historians lead the composer into a downward spiral of depression. According to Miranda’s article, the composer meticulously used letters from Clara Schumann’s name to write the melodic and harmonic content of the piece.

The Musical Times is one of the oldest classical music journals in the United Kingdom originally established in 1844, ten years after Robert Schumann co-founded the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik.

Carmine Miranda’s article is made available in the Spring, 2016 issue and can be obtained on the following places:

Originally born in Venezuela and moving to the United States, the cellist Carmine Miranda has been the recipient of several awards, completed several recordings and performed all over the world. He holds a Masters and Doctorates degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

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