Vieuxtemps

Vieuxtemps

[Fr. vyœ-tahn]
Vieuxtemps, Henri, 1820-81, Belgian violinist and composer. He toured Europe and the United States and taught in St. Petersburg (1846-51), where he was also court violinist, and at the Brussels Conservatory (1871-73). His six violin concertos are still in the standard repertory.
The Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor, Op. 37, by Henri Vieuxtemps was composed in 1861. This remains Vieuxtemps' most popular violin concerto. The second movement borrows from "Où peut-on être mieux qu'au sein de sa famille?" in Grétry's opera Lucile. The work consists of three movements played without breaks:

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro con fuoco

The whole piece is about 18 minutes long.

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