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1720: Handel's Keyboard Suites II

Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

1720: Handel's Keyboard Suites II

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1720: Handel's Keyboard Suites II

 Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, at 7 p.m.


Dr. Yelena Grinberg, speaker & pianist


Dear Friends!

On Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, at 7 p.m., I am thrilled to invite you to 1720: HANDEL'S KEYBOARD SUITES II - sequel to 1720: Handel's Keyboard Suites I that I presented two weeks ago. Born the very same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was one of the most celebrated composers of the Baroque Era of whom Beethoven exclaimed: "Handel is the greatest composer that ever lived...I would uncover my head and kneel down on his tomb." A German - and later British - Baroque composer, Handel spent much of his career in London where he quickly made a name for himself as both a composer and a performer. In addition to his numerous operas, oratorios, anthems, concerti grossi, and organ concertos, he also wrote sixteen majestic Keyboard Suites in two Volumes. Composed in London in 1720 - exactly 300 years ago!!! - Handel's illustrious first volume of Keyboard Suites takes us on a festive feast through eight stylized dance suites that bring together melodious and virtuosic Italianate style, florid French style, German contrapuntal style, dance-like elegance, joy, wit and humor that would have delighted both the avid amateurs and the cultured connoisseurs. Handel's joyous Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430, nicknamed "The Harmonious Blacksmith", is one of his best known and most beloved Suites. It opens with a rhapsodic Prelude, followed by a sensual Allemande, with many heart-wrenching suspensions, a French-flavored Courante featuring canonic imitation, and a festive Air, with five variations culminating with the brilliant Double 5, full of virtuosic fireworks. Unlike the sunny and exuberant E-Major Suite, Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 8 in F minor, HWV 433 is dark and deeply inward, exemplifying Baroque lament. It opens with a mournful Prelude: Adagio, with many piquant chromatic progressions, a driving Allegro in fugal style, a lively Allemande, an austere Courante, which borrows its opening motif from Handel's Roman Vespers Psalm, Dixit Dominus, and the final Gigue, energized by the lively canonic imitation. A half-step higher, Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 6 in F-sharp minor, HWV 431 is brooding and philosophical in its soundworld. It begins with a richly texture Prelude in the French Overture style, followed by a Largo, with its dense textures and dotted rhythms, a powerful fugal Allegro, and a catchy Gigue in 12/8 meter with strident harmonic clashes and great rhythmic vitality. Handel's majestic Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432 is one of his longest and most formidable Suites (alongside D-minor Suite) that is cast in six movements: the opening stately Ouverture: Largo - Presto, with its two contrasting sections (slow and fast), that shows the influence of Henry Purcell's Overtures, a lyrical Andante, in the style of a German Allemande, a lively Courante, in the flighty Italian style, a noble and simple Sarabande, a bouncy Gigue in 12/8, and, for the grand finale, a magnificent Passacaglia (or a Chaconne) in marching dotted rhythm, followed by fifteen, increasingly brilliant variations on a recurrent bassline with chromatic intensification. Don't miss this memorable musical journey through Handel's 1720: Keyboard Suites II !

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, January 29th!

With best wishes for the New Year,

Dr. Yelena Grinberg, founder and artistic director of the Grinberg Classical Salon Series

WHEN: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, at 7 p.m.

          Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. 
          There will be no late seating. 
          The salon will be followed by a food-and-wine reception with the guest Artist(s)

WHERE: Private Residence on the Upper West Side (West 90s)

          You will be given the exact address after you have registered through Eventbrite


          Admission price includes the wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception 
          Attendance is limited to only 21 seats
          Advance ticket purchase through Eventbrite is required

CONTACT: Dr. Yelena Grinberg - 



All-Handel program -

Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 ("The Harmonious Blacksmith")
Keyboard Suite No. 8 in F minor, HWV 433 
Keyboard Suite No. 6 in F-sharp minor, HWV 431
Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432

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New York, NY 10025

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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