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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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CLARA SCHUMANN AND HER WORLD

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, at 7 p.m. 


      

 

 ELENA KUSCHNEROVA, piano       YELENA GRINBERG, piano

 

Dear Friends!

On Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, at 7 p.m., Elena and I are thrilled to invite you to join us for a one-of-a-kind program in celebration of CLARA SCHUMANN AND HER WORLD. Clara Schumann (1819-1896), whose 200th birthday we celebrate this year, was one of the most distinguished musicians of the Romantic era. She was a child prodigy, a celebrated virtuoso pianist, a bold and 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, and most importantly her close life-long friend (if not lover!), Johannes Brahms. Our program will include some of the greatest works for piano four-hands by Franz Schubert, Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn, Robert & Clara Schumann, and Brahms. Despite his tragically short life of only 31 years, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) left behind a vast output of more than 600 lieder, seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music, a large body of piano and chamber music as well as delightful music for piano four-hands. Of the latter category is his triumphant March militaire in D Major, D. 733 (1818), from a collection of Three Marches Militaires, which happens to be one of Schubert's most famous melodies and which has been arranged for full orchestra, military bands, and many different combinations of instruments. An older sister of Felix Mendelssohn and a contemporary of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847) composed nearly 500 works, notably her glorious Piano Trio in D minor, several books of solo piano pieces, and many songs. Her sole contribution to the piano duet literature are her Three Pieces for Piano Four-Hands (ca. 1830), comprised of a leisurely Allegretto in E-flat Major, a dark and stormy Allegro molto in C minor, and an exquisitely elegant Allegretto grazioso in A-flat Major. These pieces, full of poetic lyricism and sparkling keyboard virtuosity, remained unpublished during her lifetime and were not presented in their entirety until late 1990's (!) A dear, life-long friend (if not lover!) of Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) wrote his wistful set of 10 Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in E-flat Major, op. 23 (1861) in dedication to Clara Schumann's daughter, Julie Schumann, while being under the spell of Robert's so-called "Letzter Gedanke" (Last Thought) - a spiritualized theme which Robert had jotted down believing that the ghosts of Mendelssohn and Schubert had dictated it to him, just before his attempted suicide of February 27th, 1854. Clara Schumann's festive March in E-flat Major (1879) is her only work for piano four-hands and was her last composition, written for the occassion of the golden wedding anniversay of her dear friends, landscape painter and portrait artist, Julius Hubner and his wife, Pauline. Clara's beloved husband, Robert Schumann (1810-1856) was a prolific composer in all genres, including music for piano four-hands, having composed his early eight Polonaises (1828), 12 Pieces for young and older children, op. 85, Ballszenen, op. 109 (1849-51) and Kinderball, op. 130). His Oriental-flavored Bilder aus Osten ("Pictures from the East"), op. 66 (1848) unquestionably rank as his most important piano four-hand work, full of folkloric imagery and exotic tonalities, which were intended for the Hausmusik enjoyment. An avid admirer and a close friend of Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) wrote some of his greatest masterworks, such as the music to Midsummer Night Dream and the Octet, while still in his teens. Our program will conclude with Felix Mendelssohn's scintillating Allegro brillante for piano four-hands, op. 92 (1841) - a tour de force in dazzling virtuosity which he dedicated to Clara Schumann and which is considered to be one of the most formidable works in the entire piano duet repertoire. Don't miss this exhilarating piano four-hands extravaganza in celebration of Clara Schumann and Her World!

Elena and I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, November 20th!

With best wishes,

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


WHEN: Wednesday, November 20th, 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: 

CLARA SCHUMANN AND HER WORLD

SCHUBERT - March militaire in D Major for piano four-hands, D. 733 (1818)
FANNY MENDELSSOHN - Three pieces for piano four-hands (ca. 1830)
BRAHMS - Variations on a Theme by Schumann in E-flat Major, op. 23 (1861)
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CLARA SCHUMANN - March in E-flat Major for piano four-hands (1879)
ROBERT SCHUMANN - Pictures from the East for piano four-hands, op. 66 (1848)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN - Allegro brillante for piano four-hands, op. 92 (1841)

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Upper West Side

New York, NY 10025

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)


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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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