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Fantastical Bach

Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Fantastical Bach

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 Sunday, September 16th, 2018, at 5 p.m.


Dr. Yelena Grinberg, speaker & pianist


Dear Friends,

Hope you all had a fun and fabulous summer!

On Sunday, September 16th, 2018, at 5 p.m. I am delighted to invite you all for my Fall 2018 Season-opening salon - FANTASTICAL BACH - featuring all seven of Bach's (unjustly!) seldom-heard Toccatas, BWV 910-916 (ca. 1707-1714). The Toccata genre, from the Italian word toccare ("to touch"), originated as an improvisational warm-up that a keyboard player would go through when sitting down at the instrument, tossing off brilliant scales and arpeggios and showing off with a bit of improvisation, as well as including sections in thorny fugal style, which then gradually evolved into an actual written-out composition. Youthful Bach composed his seven brilliant Toccatas under the influence of Dietrich Buxtehude's so-called stilus phantasticus - a fantastic, adventurous and quirky musical style characterized by a very unrestrained way of composing, often using dramatic rhetorical gestures. Collectively, Bach's seven Toccatas represent some of his wildest and most extravagant works that reveal his unparalleled genius for fugal counterpoint, his gift for melodic lyricism, harmonic adventurousness, rhythmic ingenuity, dancelike vitality, brilliant virtuosity, emotional depth of expression, great wit and sense of humor. I will open my program with Bach's angst-filled Toccata in D minor, BWV 913, believed to be one of his earliest Toccatas, followed by his heart-wrenching and least well-known Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910, his melancholy and oft-played Toccata in E minor, BWV 914, with its tempestuous final Fugue, his radiant Toccata in G Major, BWV 916, the most Italianate in style, resembling a three-movement Italian concerto form, his dark and stormy Toccata in C minor, BWV 911, the longest of the seven Toccatas that concludes with an exuberant Presto, his stirring - and my personal favorite! - Toccata in G minor, BWV 915, that includes an exciting opposition of forte and piano dynamics and a cyclic return of the fantastical opening gesture, and, for the festive finale, Bach's jubilant Toccata in D Major, BWV 913, which features some of his most truly bizarre and eccentric writing, full of dramatic flair and brilliant virtuosity throughout. This kaleidoscopic program of Bach's complete Toccatas is NOT to be missed!!!


I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, September 16th!


Best wishes,

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

WHEN: Sunday, September 16th, 2018, 5 p.m.

          Doors will open at 4:30 pm 
          Food-and-wine reception to follow the salon

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 with the guest Artist(s)
          Attendance is limited to just 21 seats!
          Advance ticket purchase through Eventbrite is required. NO tickets sold at the door!

CONTACT: Dr. Yelena Grinberg - 



All-Bach program:

Toccata in D minor, BWV 913
Toccata in F-sharp Minor, BWV 910
Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
Toccata in G Major, BWV 916
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Toccata in G minor, BWV 915
Toccata in D Major, BWV 912

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When & Where

Upper West Side

New York, NY 10025

Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

An intimate, elegant, and enlightening series of Classical music salon lecture-recitals on the Upper West Side (West 90s), followed by a food-and-wine reception with the guest artist(s).

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