Liederkreis Op. 39 to Eichendorff's texts was composed in 1840, and includes some of the most beautiful music ever written, such as the ethereal 'Mondnacht'. Schumann wrote: 'The Eichendorff cycle is my most Romantic music ever, and contains much of you in it, dear Clara.' Robert and Clara married on 12 September 1840, so this recital will mark almost exactly 178 years since their wedding day.
Kreisleriana Op. 16 was composed in 1838 in four days and revised in 1850. Robert wrote to Clara: 'I'm overflowing with music and beautiful melodies now – imagine, since my last letter I've finished another whole notebook of new pieces. I intend to call it Kreisleriana. You and one of your ideas play the main role in it, and I want to dedicate it to you – yes, to you and nobody else – and then you will smile so sweetly when you discover yourself in it.'