Schumann's concert pieces are quite enjoyable, imho. I know Schumann had deep respect for Beethoven, and followed his model, which, I find, the two klavierstucke fall under. <BR>There has been mention made over the years about Schumann's lack of orchestrational mastery, something he apparently confessed to. Before the symphonies, and before he got married to Clara, he just wrote piano pieces and songs. While I find it endearingly romantic that Schumann would take up symphonic writing whilst in the throes of love, it does seem that some of his scoring arrangements could be fine-tuned. Is that just me, or do you find that, too? Or have I simply been preconditioned to EXPECT that?<P>It is also known that Schumann found the piano concerto form to be effectively dead; that in fact his piano concerto was intended to be simply another concert piece (the last 2 mov'ts were written afterward and the 1st was originally written with no following movt's in mind). Why did he think that?