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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Celebrating Clara Schumann and Her Circle II

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Celebrating Clara Schumann and Her Circle II

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019, at 7 p.m. 


G-SHARP DUO

  

Yelena Grinberg, piano              Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin


Dear Friends!

On Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019, at 7 p.m., Emilie and I warmly invite you to join us for a special program in celebration of CLARA SCHUMANN AND HER CIRCLE II. Clara Schumann (1819-1896), whose 200th birthday we celebrate this year, was one of the most venerable musicians of the Romantic era, a child prodigy, a celebrated virtuoso pianist whose career spanned seven decades, an imaginative composer, a meticulous editor, the beloved muse and wife of Robert Schumann, a dedicated mother of eight children, an influential teacher, a successful entrepreneur, and a great inspiration to so many of her contemporaries, including Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Thalberg, Rubinstein, and most importantly her close life-long friend (if not lover!), Johannes Brahms. Our program opens with the beautiful Romanze in C Major for violin and piano (1855) by Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) - one of the legendary violinists of the 19th century, a conductor, composer, teacher, close collaborator and dear friend of Clara Schumann. Joachim's contemporary, Albert Dietrich (1829-1908) was a German composer and conductor who studied composition with Robert Schumann in Dusseldorf and was his favorite pupil. In October 1853, Dietrich first met Brahms and collaborated with Schumann and Brahms on the four-movement "F.A.E. Sonata" for violin and piano, intended as a surprise gift and tribute to Joseph Joachim who premiered it with Clara Schumann at the piano. Dietrich composed the substantial and bracingly virtuosic first movement, Allegro in A minor (1853) from F.A.E. Sonata for violin and piano (1853), which is perhaps his best known work. Yet another important member of the Schumann circle, Carl Reinecke (1824-1910) was a Danish-German composer, conductor and pianist who studied in Leipzig with Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt. Reinecke's charming Deutscher Waltzer from Fantasiestucke for violin and piano, op. 22 (1845) shows the influence of Viennese landler and Mendelssohn's scherzando style. A German composer, pianist, and gifted arranger of the Schumann-Brahms school, Theodore Kirchner (1823-1903) was particularly admired by Clara Schumann. Kirchner's alluring and seldom-played Romanze und Schlummerlied for violin and piano, op. 63 (1883) with their ever-shifting harmonies give us a glimpse into his mercurial personality - "In his character there is no stability," as Clara put it best. Alongside Albert Dietrich and Robert Schumann, the 20-year-old Brahms contributed a movement to the F.A.E. Sonata - namely, his dark and dramatic Scherzo in C minor (1853), full of rhythmic intensity and soaring lyricism, which was premiered by Joseph Joachim and Clara Schumann. Clara's poignant Three Romances for violin and piano, op. 22 (1853) is her only chamber music work aside from her earlier Piano Trio in G minor which was dedicated to Joseph Joachim and praised by Neue Berliner Musikzeitung for being "conceived in a truly sincere manner and written in a delicate, fragrant hand...the unique, charming tone of each number makes it very difficult to prefer one to the other." Our program will conclude with Robert Schumann's epic Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor ("Grosse"), op. 121 (1851) - a 30-minute musical odyssey in four hefty movements that was premiered by Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim and whose stormy Scherzo movement appears to have greatly influenced young Brahms in his Scherzo in C minor from the F.A.E. Sonata. Don't miss this riveting program in Celebration of Clara Schumann and Her Circle II !

Emilie and I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, October 23rd!

With best wishes,

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


WHEN: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019, at 7 p.m.

          Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. 
          There will be no late seating
          Food-and-wine reception to follow the performance

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

          You will receive the exact address of the salon after you register through this website

ADMISSION: $35

          Admission price includes the wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception with the guest artist(s)
          Attendance is limited to just 21 guests
          Note: Advance ticket purchase through this site is required for admission.

CONTACT: Yelena Grinberg (ygpiano@gmail.com)

PROGRAM: 

CELEBRATING CLARA SCHUMANN AND HER CIRCLE II

JOACHIM - Romanze in C Major for violin and piano (1855)
DIETRICH - Allegro in A minor from F.A.E. Sonata for violin and piano (1853)
REINECKE - Deutscher Waltzer from Fantasiestucke for violin and piano, op. 22 (1845)
KIRCHNER - Romanze und Schlummerlied for violin and piano, op. 63 (1883)
BRAHMS - Scherzo in C minor from F.A.E. Sonata for violin and piano (1853)
CLARA SCHUMANN - Three Romances for violin and piano, op. 22 (1853)
ROBERT SCHUMANN - Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor ("Grosse"), op. 121 (1851)

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Upper West Side

New York, NY 10025

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

A one-of-a-kind, intimate and enlightening, series of Classical music salon concerts in NYC's Upper West Side (upper 90s), followed by a food-and-wine reception with the guest artist(s).

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