I am aware of all the things my friend observed. They are all taking place every time I play the cycle. But if they are audible it is not because of anything that I do, but rather because of what Schumann has accomplished. I concentrate on the tone that holds the work together, allowing it to become so alive that it arouses specific responses on the part of the listener. He was not alone to express such specificity.
So I have to conclude that Schumann succeeded in writing a truly pre-modern work. I am so grateful.