March 11, 2016, Cincinnati, OH, United States- The international cellist Carmine Miranda discovered a code hidden in the music of Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129. The Musical Times journal of music recently published an article by the twenty seven year old cellist, which indicates that Schumann encoded the name of his wife in the musical score. This important discovery gives insight into the life of the composer during his later years in Germany.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) wrote the piece in a period of two weeks and later revised it for two more consecutive years. During this time he underwent a tumultuous period, which according to historians lead the composer into a downward spiral of depression. According to Miranda’s article, the composer meticulously used letters from Clara Schumann’s name to write the melodic and harmonic content of the piece.

According to Carmine Miranda, “The Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, offers undeniable proof of Schumann’s knowledge of cryptography which provides an understanding that at first glance might seem like infelicities in the composition. The concerto not only uniquely illustrates what took place inside the mind of the composer, but also demonstrates Schumann’s compositional genius.”

The article written by Mr. Miranda titled “Decoding The Schumann Cello Concerto” follows in the footsteps of great historians and scholars through an intense analysis of the piece’s movements. Miranda’s article also explains the reasoning behind the Cello Concerto’s fragmentary musical structure which has long been attributed to the composer’s mental deterioration by many historians.

The Musical Times is one of the oldest classical music journals in the United Kingdom originally established in 1844, ten years after Robert Schumann co-founded the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. Carmine Miranda’s article is made available in the Spring, 2016 issue and can be obtained on the following places:

About Carmine Miranda
Originally born in Venezuela and moving to the United States from Italian immigrants, Carmine Miranda has been the recipient of several awards, completed several recordings and performed all over the world. He holds a Masters and Doctorates degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

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