November 11that 11:11 is an annual celebration in German speaking countries; it is the beginning of the “fifth season”, the traditional carnival celebrations that will end a few months later, in the coming year. In east and south Germany, as well as Austria the carnival celebrations are also known by the name “Fasching”. In October 1938,Robert Schumann visited Vienna for six months. His visit to the Austrian capital had two important outcomes: The discovery of the lost 9thSymphony by Franz Schubert and the composition of a new piece, “Faschingsschwank aus Wien” (Carnival Prank from Vienna) Op.26;  it is a large-scale five-movement piece, the first four ofwhich were composed in Vienna,and the Finale which was composed after Schumann’s return to Leipzig. The first movement, Allegro, is written in Rondo Form. The refrain is a fast Landler (an Austrian folkdance) followed by melancholy or humorous episodes. One of them is mocking the ban of the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise”, from being played in Vienna. The second movement is a sad Romanza in G Minor, with a slight trace of optimism in a sunny middle part in C Major. The third movement is a Scherzino, a tiny Scherzo with a humorous effect of sudden fortissimo bangs towards its end. The forth movement, “Intermezzo” is full of pathos. In the distant key of Eb Minor, its heroic melody is accompanied by roaring arpeggios. The Finale brings back the joyful atmosphere of the first movement. With its rapid passages and Schubertian melodic second theme, a dazzling accelerando brings the carnival to its happy end. Author: Shai Rosenboim