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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Bach: English Suites II

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 Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, at 7 p.m.


Dr. Yelena Grinberg, speaker & pianist


Dear Friends!

As a sequel to my Season-opening Bach: English Suites I salon from January 13/16, on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, at 7 p.m., I warmly invite you to BACH: ENGLISH SUITES II. In this Part II of my all-Bach program, I will present the last three of Bach's majestic English Suites alongside his youthful and rarely-heard Overture in F Major, BWV 820 (ca. 1705). Composed sometime between 1718 and 1720 - and possibly as early as 1715, while Bach was living in Weimar - these large-scale, virtuoso Suites were based on the courtly dances of his day and bring together dance-like elegance with florid French style, German contrapuntal style, and melodious Italianate style that appealed to both the avid amateurs and the cultured connoisseurs. According to Bach's early biographer, Johann Nikolaus Forkel, they were called "English Suites" because they were "made for an Englishman of rank," and together with the six French Suites, they constitute Bach's earliest contribution to the instrumental Baroque dance suite. Bach's sunny English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809 (ca. 1720) opens with a very orchestral-sounding Prelude, followed by a lively Allemande, a French-flavored Courante with many ornamentsexquisitely chromatic Sarabande, a pair of graceful Menuets, the second in the contrasting key of D minor, and, for a festive finale, a finger-twisting Gigue, imitating the sounds of hunting horns. In stark contrast, comes Bach's melancholy English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810 (ca. 1720), of even greater level of sophistication and complexity. It begins with a powerful and very lengthy Prelude in a thorny fugal style, followed by a poignant Allemande, an adventurous Courante, a doleful Sarabande with its tearful "sighs", a charming pair of Passepieds - the first "en Rondeau" with a recurrent home-coming refrain, the second a delightful Musette with a droning pedal point. The Suite concludes on a stately note with a chromatically-tinged Gigue. Bach's early Suite in A minor, BWV 818 (ca. 1715) stems from Bach's youth and apprenticeship, while he was living in Weimar. It opens on a wistful note with a flowing Allemande, followed by livelier Courante in French style, an exquisite Sarabande paired with its double, and a stirring Gigue in the flighty Italian style. With his final English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (ca. 1720), Bach reached the pinnacle of his mastery in writing a stylized dance suite. One of his most beloved and oft-played English Suites, it opens with a daunting Prelude - the longest of the Preludes cast in two parts that resemble a Prelude AND a Fugue. The Prelude segues into a wistful Allemande with many unexpected chromatic surprises, an upbeat Courante with zesty syncopations, a very slow and hauntingly beautiful Sarabande followed by its more ornate Double in style brise, a pair of jolly Gavottes, with the second one quoting the first in the radiant major mode, and, for the grand finale, a wildly adventurous Gigue - a brilliant masterpiece in contrapuntal craft and dazzling virtuosity. Don't miss this magnificent musical journey through Bach's English Suites II!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, January 30th!


With best wishes for the New Year,

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

WHEN: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, 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

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

          You will be emailed the exact home address after you register through this website


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

CONTACT: Dr. Yelena Grinberg - 



English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809 (ca. 1720)
English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810 (ca. 1720)
Suite in A minor, BWV 818 (ca. 1715)
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (ca. 1720)

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New York, NY 10025

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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