Robert Schumann wrote them over just two days in February 1849, and originally entitled them "Night Pieces" before settling on the title "Fantasy Pieces." The title is one Schumann was fond of, since he used it in several works. This poetic title promotes the fundamental Romantic notion that creative expression is the product of the artist's unrestricted imagination. In addition, the connotations of "fantasy" justify the sudden mood changes, which are a signature of so much of Schumann's music, and which reflect his emotions and mood swings. The pieces are like songs without words, or an instrumental song cycle.

Date of composition 1849
First published 1849, Luckhardt in Kassel, Germany
Tonality A
Catalogue Op. 73
Approx. duration 10 minutes
Instruments Clarinet
Autotranslations beta Robert Schumann: Drei Fantasiestücke en la , Op. 73
Robert Schumann: Drei Fantasiestücke in la , Op. 73
Robert Schumann: Drei Fantasiestücke a-, Op. 73