Monday, April 23, 2018

Maria Grinberg: Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words

Maria Grinberg [1908–1978]: Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words” (Lieder ohne Worte) are  short lyrical piano pieces by the Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, written between 1829 and 1845. Grinberg’s playing was recorded on radio in 1967–8. There is no known archival footage of Grinberg, despite her great musical talent. Grinberg was set aside by the Soviet Union during a good part of her adult years; in 1937, her father and husband were arrested and executed as “enemies of the people” in one of Stalin’s many purges.  After Stalin's death, she was given a little more freedom, in that she was able to travel outside the Soviet Union. For more on Maria Israelevna Grinberg, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].

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