One of The Greatest of All Compositions for Piano Played By One of the Greatest of All Pianists: Vladimir Horowitz in Moscow, 1986

In 1986, one of the 20th century’s greatest painists, Vladimir Horowitz, returned to Moscow for the first time since 1925.

In this clip, he plays Träumerei (Dreaming), one of the 13 movements in Robert Schumann’s 1838 composition Kinderszenen. These 13 pieces were written as an ode to childhood, or — perhaps more precisely — to memories of childhood.

I wish I could say more, but — after several decades — I still lack the vocabulary to explain why this remains among the most emotionally overwhelming pieces of music I have ever heard.

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