Of Foreign Lands and People comes from a collection of Schumann’s works aptly named “Scenes from Childhood.” This simple piece does evoke images of nostalgia and childhood wonder. It reminds the listener of a simpler time, when everything seemed very foreign and exciting. To a child, something new is something exciting, and often sparks further wonder and a desire to learn more. In adulthood, we tend to avoid the foreign in favor of the comfortable, but perhaps we should endeavor to view the world through a more child-like lens.

This piece is deceptively simple, as the right hand is split between the rolling arpeggios in the bass and the melody in the treble. It is also very expressive, and while it can be played without, the rubato characteristic of the era in which it was written adds another level of complexity to an otherwise simple piece. It is an incredibly rewarding piece to play and I recommend it to any intermediate pianist.

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    Cindy H Tseng
    Cindy H Tseng(@cindy-h-tseng)
    7 months ago

    Picture – Very cute, yet beautiful photo selected. As I’m viewing this photo, the look of the sky made me think of the animation, “Up”, and the bed of tulips somehow made the scene feel mature, but then the color of the house and windmill made it feel child-like. Wow, what an appropriate photo selection to express this musical work tilted Of Foreign Lands and People. Intro – “Deceptively simple” is the… Read more »

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    8 months ago

    Lola, how lucky you are to play the piano. I like your description of the piece in your first paragraph. Your dog looked very relaxed when he walked past you. In the grandfather clock, there is a reflection which intensifies your playing.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    8 months ago

    Hello, Lola. Nice played. And the music is very relaxing and calming. Nicely done.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Lotchie Carmelo
    7 months ago

    Congrats, Lola.

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