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Emmanuel Bach: an Evening of Russian Violin & Poetry


Violinist Emmanuel Bach presents a vivid programme of Russian musical works, journeying with listeners back to the salon world of the past, in an evening interweaving music, poetry readings and projections of art. Together with pianist Jenny Stern, Emmanuel will play works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.

Work titles:

Stravinsky - Suite Italienne (arr. Samuel Dushkin)

Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d'Un Lieu Cher, Op. 42

Prokofiev - Five Melodies, Op. 35b

Excerpts from 'Romeo and Juliet'

Rachmaninoff - Two Salon Pieces, Op. 6: Romance, Hungarian Dance


Full programme:


Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) - Suite Italienne, arr. Samuel Dushkin (17 mins)

1. Introduzione

2. Serenata

3. Tarantella

4. Gavotte

5. Scherzino

6. Menuetto e Finale

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) - Souvenir d’Un Lieu Cher (17 mins)

1. Meditation

2. Scherzo

3. Melodie


Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953) - Five Melodies, Op. 35b (13 minutes)

1. Andante

2. Lento, ma non troppo

3. Animato, ma non allegro

4. Allegretto leggero e scherzando

5. Andante non troppo

Sergei Prokofiev - 2 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet (5 mins)

Masks (arr. Jascha Heifetz)

Dance of the Girls with the Lilies (arr. Grunez)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) - Two Salon Pieces (Deux Morceaux de Salon), Op. 6 (12 mins)

1. Romance 

2. Hungarian Dance


Emmanuel Bach, Violin

Emmanuel is taking a Masters at the Royal College of Music, continuing his studies with Natasha Boyarsky, supported by an H R Taylor Trust Scholarship. He read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with double First-Class Honours. In 2016, he will give the first UK performance of Lennox Berkeley's Sonata No. 1, and record a CD of miniatures for Willowhayne Records.



Jenny Stern, Piano

South-African born pianist Jenny Stern has performed widely as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. She studied at the Royal College of Music with Lamar Crowson, and later with Isabella Stengel, winning the prestigious Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship to remain in the UK. She currently teaches at Eton College and the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music.