Schumann's Carnaval

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Robert Schumann would definitely be a cryptic crossword fan if he were alive today. With its subtitle 'Little Scenes on Four Notes', the piano suite Carnaval is full of musical puzzles and allusions, as well as vivid portraits of the masked revellers which inspired Schumann to write it. Stephen Johnson sets out to unearth the mysteries which Schumann buried in the piece.