Initially only conceived as a birthday album for his daughter Marie, Schumanns Pieces for PianoŒî op. 68 received tremendous acclaim throughoutthe world. Is there a piano student who has not played part of them? It is, however, a less well-known fact that Schumann also composed a musi c historical course of instructionŒî for the piano in this connection. Henle have included this and other pieces originally intended for the AlbumŒî in the appendix to our painstakingly revised edition. Rounded off bythe inclusion of Ludwig Richters illustration for the title page of th e first edition and the trilingual print of the Advice to Young MusiciansŒî, this Urtext edition offers a vivid picture of middle-class musical culture in Schumanns times.?