During the successful negotations about publication of the concerto for violoncello op.129 the composer suggested to his publisher Breitkopf & Härtel an “arrangement for string quartet and solo cello, so that it could be performed in a private setting”. This idea was surely not absurd, considering that Clara Schumann herself often played a string quartet version of her husband´s piano concerto. In the end, however, Schumann was not able to realize his suggestion, so that we may only guess what such an arrangement by the composer himself may have sounded like.
Dr.Matthias Wendt, Robert Schumann Research Department,
Germany, Düsseldorf May 24th 2007