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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Grieg and His World

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GRIEG AND HIS WORLD

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.  

    

 

 

JESSICA TASKOV, flute
YELENA GRINBERG, piano

 

Dear Friends!

On Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, at 7 p.m. Jessica and I invite you to join us for a very special program of GRIEG AND HIS WORLD, in tribute to 175th birthday anniversary of Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) - one of the leading Romantic composers whose integration of Norwegian folk music brought the music of Norway to international prominence. In this Grieg-inspired program, we will showcase some of the most exquisite, both beloved and rarely-heard, masterworks by Schumann, Gade, Reinecke, Dvorak and Grieg. One of the seminal early influences on Grieg, Robert Schumann (1810-1856) was a renowned German composer and influential music critic widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic Era. In 1849, one of the most productive years in his entire output, Schumann turned his attention to three wind instruments intended for a private Hausmusik setting. These include his autumnal Drei Romanzen, op. 94 (1849), originally written for oboe and piano, which he gave to his wife, Clara Wieck Schumann, as a Christmas present, whimsically referring to them as "his hundredth opusculum". Dubbed the "Danish Mendelssohn," Niels Gade (1817-1890) was a Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist, teacher of Grieg, and friend of both Mendelssohn and Schumann. Gade's Ballade from Fantasiestucke, op. 43 (1861) was inspired by Schumann's Fantasiestucke, op. 73 and originally scored for clarinet and piano. It is full of Nordic folk flavor that translates brilliantly for the flute and piano. The tantalizing image of the female water nymph, Undine, had inspired a number of composers, including Carl Reinecke (1824-1910) - a German composer, conductor, pianist who, along with Niels Gade, was Grieg's teacher. Reinecke's captivating Sonata in E minor for flute and piano ("Undine"), op. 167 (1882) was based on the popular German romantic tale found in Friedrich de la Motte Fouque's 19th-century novel, Undine, and is widely regarded as one of his finest works as well as one of the most significant works of the Romantic flute-piano repertoire. It unfolds in four characterful movements: the turbulent Allegro with its water-like element of continually undulating arpeggios, the playful, Mendelssohn-inspired Intermezzo: Allegretto vivace, the sensual slow movement, Andante tranquillo, and the fiery Schumannesque finale, Allegro molto agitato ed appassionato, quasi Presto. Following Smetana, Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) was the next Czech Romantic composer to achieve worldwide recognition. With its beautifully melancholy melodies, Dvorak's Romance in F minor, op. 11 (1879), originally written for violin and orchestra, is undoubtedly among one of his most beloved works that presents a fine balance of dramatic virtuosity and ruminative lyricism. Our program will conclude with Grieg's pastoral Sonata in F Major, op. 8 (1865), written shortly after his one-and-only Piano Sonata in E minor, op. 7 (1865), of which a Norwegian composer, Gerhard Schjelderup, commented: "It is the work of a youth who has seen only the sunny side of Life..." Don't miss this gorgeous program in hommage to Grieg and His World!

Jessica and I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, November 7th!

Best wishes,

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


WHEN: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, at 7 p.m.

          Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. 
          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: $30

          Admission price includes the wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception with the guest Artists
          Attendance is limited to just 21 seats!
          Advance ticket purchase through Eventbrite is required. NO tickets sold at the door.

CONTACT: Dr. Yelena Grinberg - ygpiano@gmail.com 

PROGRAM: 

GRIEG AND HIS WORLD

SCHUMANN - Drei Romanzen, op. 94 (1849)
GADE - Ballade from Fantasiestucke, op. 43 (1864)
REINECKE - Sonata in E minor for flute and piano ("Undine"), op. 167 (1882)
DVORAK - Romance in F minor, op. 11 (1879)
GRIEG - Sonata in F Major, op. 8 (1865)

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For more information on the upcoming salons, visit: http://yelenagrinberg.com/grinberg-classical-salon-series/

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Upper West Side

New York, NY 10025

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)


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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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