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Pleading Child (from Scenes from Childhood Op. 15) Schumann Help Opus Details
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"Pleading Child", or "Bittendes Kind" skillfully evokes the pleading by means of the sharp, even acerbic arpegiated chord with which Schuman harmonizes the 3rd note of the melody, the F#. This seems to be a G dim chord in 2nd inversion, with the F# suspended above it Similar effects recur throughout. The piece ends on a very soft dominant 7th chord, i.e. A7. So it ends on a question mark, it is un-finished, waiting for something to happen. Schuman's next piece "Perfectly Contented" resolves this question, for here the child gets what he/she wanted.
Category: Suite Solo Featuring Piano Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   D Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    Pleading Child (from Scenes from Childhood Op. 15)
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