The thirteen pieces that constitute Robert Schumann's Kinderszenen for piano (Scenes from Childhood) Op.15 (1838) showcase their creator's musical imagination at the peak of its poetic clarity. unlike a number of Schumann's collections of piano character pieces (e.g. Album for the Young Op.68), the Kinderszenen are not intended to be played by children. Schumann claimed that the picturesque titles attached to the pieces were added as an afterthought in order to provide subtle suggestions to the player, a model Debussy followed decades later in his Preludes.
A Child Falling Asleep; Almost Too Serious; Blindman's Bluff; Curious Story; Frightening; Important Event; Of Strange Lands And People; Perfectly Contented; Pleading Child; Reverie At The Fireside; The Knight Of The Rocking-horse; The Poet Speaks