"With humor", "slowly and delicately", "very animated" ..., the sound universe of Fantasiestücke op. 12 is already revealed through the indications of execution: a kaleidoscope of ideas and musical ambiances. Our new edition, reviewed and corrected, presents not only the eight pieces but also, in appendix, a ninth piece selected by Schumann to the final writing. Robena Ann Laidlaw, the dedicatee of the work, played in public, as well as other friends of the composer, some of the Fantasiestücke even before they go to press. The work will know a fast diffusion. Schumann receives the greatest compliment from Franz Liszt, who writes enthusiastically: "... the Fantasiestücke interested me a lot. I play them with pleasure. And God knows I can not say that for many other things. "
(Note from the Ecuador)