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Priestess of the Piano: Celebrating Clara Schumann at 200

Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Celebrating Clara Schumann at 200

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, at 7 p.m. 


DR. YELENA GRINBERG, speaker & pianist

Dear Friends!

On Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, at 7 p.m., join me for the Season-opening salon - PRIESTESS OF THE PIANO: CELEBRATING CLARA SCHUMANN AT 200. Clara Schumann (1819-1896) 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, 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. In my all-Clara Schumann lecture-performance, I set out to present an unbiased re-evaluation of her legacy as a composer and to showcase some of her finest works for solo piano, beginning with her Bach-inspired Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in G minor, op. 16 (1845), which demonstrates Clara's mastery of polyphonic writing. Written when she was just 15-16 years old, her spirited Soirees musicales, op. 6 (1834-45), are comprised of six evocative character pieces (Toccatina, Nocturne, Mazurka, Ballade, Mazurka, and Polonaise) which reveal the influence of Chopin and which Schumann described in glowing terms as "like the buds before the wings of color are exploded into open splendor, captivating and significant to view, like all things that contain the future within themselves." Inspired by Robert Schumann's wistful Albumleaf in F-sharp minor from his collection of colorful piano pieces, Bunte Blatter, op. 99, Clara Schumann immortalized his tune in her Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, op. 20 (1853) - one of her most poignant masterworks written during the final creative period of composition which reveals her fanciful imagination, melodic lyricism, harmonic daring, contrapuntal craftsmanship, emotional depth, and glittering pianistic virtuosity. Following Robert Schumann's tragic suicide attempt in 1854 and his institutionalization at the mental asylum where he died two years later, Johannes Brahms no doubt held a dear place in Clara's life and heart. Her autumnal 3 Romances, op. 21 (1853-55) - the "three little piano pieces," as she called them - were dedicated to Brahms and run a wide gamut of emotional states, from heart-wrenching sorrow in Romance No. 1 in A minor, to playful wit and humor in Romance No. 2 in F Major, to angst and passion in Romance No. 3 in G minor. I will conclude my program with Clara's one-and-only Piano Sonata in G minor (1841-42) - a remarkably original, singularly substantial and most ambitious large-scale work foreshadowing her later Piano Trio in G minor, op. 17 (1846) which remained unpublished until as late as 1991 (!). Don't miss this poignant tribute to the Priestess of the Piano: Celebrating Clara Schumann at 200!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, September 18th!

Enjoy the rest of the summer,

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

WHEN: Wednesday, September 18th, 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 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 (


PRIESTESS OF THE PIANO: Celebrating Clara Schumann at 200

All-Clara Schumann program:

Prelude and Fugue in G minor, op. 16, no. 1 (1845) 
Soirees musicales, op. 6 (1834-36)
Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-sharp minor, op. 20 (1853) 
3 Romances, op. 21 (1853-55)
Piano Sonata in G minor (1841-42)

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Wednesday, September 18, 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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