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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Sounds of Spain I

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Sunday, September 24th, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.






Dear Friends!

On Sunday, September 24th, 2017, at 5 p.m., Emilie and I are thrilled to invite you to Part I of our SOUNDS OF SPAIN program in celebration of Enrique Granados's 150th birthday and the composers in his circle. In this all-Spanish program, we will be showcasing some of the most impassioned Spanish works ever composed for violin and piano, including the never-heard jewels of the Spanish Baroque - Domenico Scarlatti's stirring Sonata in D minor (ca. 1739) and Antonio Soler's galant Sonata de El Escorial in G Major (date unknown) and his adventurous Sonata de El Escorial in D minor (date unknown) - along with Luigi Boccherini's sunny Sonata in B-flat Major for violin and keyboard, G. 27 (1768), Joaquin Turina's Neo-Classical Sonata No. 1 in D minor for violin and piano, op. 51 (1929), Enrique Granados's characterful Tres Preludios (1913) and his amorous Romanza for violin and piano (1913), Seguida Espanola for violin and piano (1929), Federico Mompou's poignant Altitud for violin and piano (1926), and Manuel de Falla's fiery and justly beloved Suite populaire Espagnole (1914). This musical journey through the sizzling Sounds of Spain in tribute to Enrique Granados and his circle is not-to-be-missed!! 

Emilie and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, September 24th!


Best wishes,

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


WHEN: Sunday, September 24th 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

           Doors will open starting at 4:30 pm 
           The salon will begin promptly at 5:00 pm - NO late seating!
           Food-and-wine reception will follow the performance

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

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


          Admission price includes food-and-wine reception with the guest Artist(s)
          Limited to just 21 seats!
          Advance purchase through this site is required. NO tickets sold at the door.

CONTACT: Yelena Grinberg (




SCARLATTI - Sonata in D minor for violin and keyboard (ca. 1739)
SOLER - Sonata de El Escorial in D Major for violin and keyboard (date unknown)
BOCCHERINI - Sonata in B-flat Major for violin and keyboard, G. 27 (1768)
TURINA - Sonata No. 1 in D minor for violin and piano, op. 51 (1929)
GRANADOS -  Tres Preludios (1913); Romanza for violin and piano (1913)
NIN - Seguida espanola for violin and piano (1929)
MOMPOU - Altitud for violin and piano (1926)
FALLA - Suite populaire Espagnole for violin and piano (1925)




The Italian-born composer and keyboard virtuoso, Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), was a pivotal bridge figure whose music was highly influential in the development of the Classical style. He pioneered the early Classical sonata genre, having composed 550+ of these kaleidoscopic gems while living abroad in Spain. Our program will open with Scarlatti's seldom-heard Sonata in D minor (ca. 1739s), cast in three contrasting movements: the spirited Allegro, the soulful Grave, and the stormy Allegro finale whose rapidly repeating notes evoke the strumming sounds of the Spanish guitar. A disciple and pupil of Scarlatti, Antonio Soler (1729-1783) was one of the most renowned, highly original and innovative Spanish Baroque composers of his generation best known for his 150+ keyboard sonatas along with 500+ sacred works, theater music, and a number of chamber music works. From the latter category, are Soler's six Sonatas de El Escorial in the never-heard transcription for violin and piano by Samuel Marder, which include his radiant Sonata in G Major and his adventurous Sonata in D minor, striking for its remote modulations and ear-shocking harmonies. Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), an Italian-born composer and virtuoso cellist who spent much of his life in Spain, exemplified the galant and courtly style of the Early Classical Era with his unique blend of fiery virtuosity and expressive cantabile style. His sunny, two-movement Sonata in B-flat Major for violin and keyboard, G. 27 (1768) embodies his signature Rococo lightness, elegance, and charm. A renowned Spanish composer of the first part of the 20th century, Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) produced several works for violin and piano, including his Neo-Classical Sonata No. 1 in D minor for violin and piano, op. 51 (1929) which reveals the joint influence of the French and Andalusian music infused with the composer's own distinctive compositional style. A renowned figure of the 19th century, Enrique Granados (1867-1916) established himself as a leading Spanish pianist and composer who coined a uniquely Spanish nationalist style, such as in his celebrated Danzas espanolas. Aside from his numerous works for solo piano, he also composed a number of chamber music works involving the piano, such as his three characterful Preludes for violin and piano (1913) and his amorous Romanza for violin and piano (ca. 1913). A Cuban pianist and composer, Joaquin Nin (1879-1949), was known as a composer and arranger of popular Spanish folk music who shared the Spanish style of his two contemporaries, Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Turina. His brilliant Spanish Suite (Seguida Espanola) (1929) for violin and piano consists of four short folkloric pieces that conclude with a passionate Gypsy dance (Andaluza). Following in Granados's and Turina's footsteps, the Spanish composer and pianist, Federico Mompou (1887-1983) was highly influenced by the French Impressionism of Claude Debussy, and was best known for his evocative piano music and his songs. His poignant Altitud for violin and piano (1926) explores a subtle dialogue between the two players and incorporates the piquant sounds of the Spanish folk rhythms and melodies. Along with Albeniz and Granados, Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) is considered one of the most notable Spanish composers of the first half of the 20th century. One of his most beloved compositions is his popular set of Seven Spanish Folksongs, originally for voice and piano, six of which were later transcribed by violinist Paul Kochanski into a colorful Suite populaire Espagnole (1914) showcasing the different parts of Spain, including the Jota, a fiery folk dance music from Aragon with its zesty evocation of the Spanish castanets, and Polo, the final gypsy- or flamenco-inspired folk dance of the Suite.


- Program notes by Dr. Yelena Grinberg


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Upper West Side

New York, NY 10025

Sunday, September 24, 2017 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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