<< -- 4 -- Jennifer Paull A SLEEPING BEAUTY
Schumann's life had been the quintessence of Romantic idealism.
The struggle against the inner solitude of depression, the refuge sought
in alcohol; the deterioration of mental health followed by tragic death
in an asylum; all these belonged to the past. The impetuosity of Florestan,
the rationalism of Raro, and the dreams of Eusebius in Schumann's
writings and compositions, lay mute. Even his Violin Concerto
was to be condemned like Sleeping Beauty, for one hundred years.
Clara had given the manuscript to Joachim at her husband's death.
Upon his own in 1907, it was transferred from the Berlin Conservatory, where
Joachim had been appointed director in 1869, to the Berlin State Library.
Its kiss of life came under the most mysterious of circumstances during
Baron Erik Palmstierna published his book Horizons of Immortality
in 1937. He told of 'a detailed account of spirit messages ... conveyed
to Jelly d'Aranyi expressing Schumann's personal wish that this Concerto
should be produced.'
Jelly d'Aranyi (1895-1966) was a brilliant concert violinist and
friend of Sir Edward Elgar. She it was who instigated the seances of spiritualism
which appear to have been instrumental in rediscovering the 'lost'
work. She also obtained valuable assistance and encouragement from her professional
contacts. Several avenues of research interwove to enable her to locate
the manuscript, overcome the publishing ban, and finally secure the first
performance. This too was about to meet with further obstacles.
Copyright © 1 March 2002
Jennifer Paull, Vouvry, Switzerland
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: SUSUMU HIRADE -
SCHUMANN VIOLIN CONCERTO DISCOGRAPHY
JENNIFER PAULL'S AMORIS INTERNATIONAL