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 Henry Francois Joseph Vieuxtemps

Henry Francois Joseph Vieuxtemps

Birth
Verviers, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium
Death 6 Jun 1881 (aged 61)
Algiers, Algeria
Burial Verviers, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium
Memorial ID 182317089 · View Source
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Great Belgium Violinist

Henry Vieuxtemps was born at Verviers, in Belgium, on February 17, 1820, and died at Mustapha, in Algiers, on June 6, 1881. He first studied the violin under his father, who was a musical instrument-maker and tuner, a pupil of Lecloux, and who took him on a concert tour when he was only eight years old. Later he studied under Charles-Auguste de Bdriot. In 1830 he played with immense success in Paris, but soon returned to Verviers to study. In 1833 he went to Vienna, where he studied harmony under Simon Sechter. In 1834 he was in London, and in 1835 in Paris, where he studied composition under Antoine Reicha. From 1836 to 1839 he made a series of long concert tours, returning to Brussels and Antwerp in 1840. He made a brilliant appearance in Paris in 1841, and visited the United States in the season of 1844-45. In 1846 he was appointed solo violinist to the Emperor of Russia, under ten years' contract, but resigned in 1852. He made a second visit to America in 1856, and a third, in company with Christine Nillson and Marie Krebs, the pianist, in 1870. In 1871 he was made first professor of the violin at the Brussels Conservatoire. In 1873 paralysis of the arm forced him to give up playing. He retired to his estate, where, and in Paris, he devoted himself to composition, until driven by ill-health to try the climate of Algiers. Vieuxtemps, as has been said by another, was one of the really great violinists. He represented, in a measure, the connecting link between the brilliant virtuoso salon-player of the first third of the present century and the classical player of later times. He was admirable in all departments of violin playing; and his performance was notable for grace, warmth of expression, purity of style, and a peculiar personal charm. The movement from the E major concerto played to-day is an admirable example of the grace, charm and effectiveness of Vieuxtemps' writing for violin solo.

Biography source - Google books "Music: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Art, Science, Technic and Literature of Music, Volume 5", W.S.B. Mathews, 1894.


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  • Added: 12 Aug 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 182317089
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Francois Joseph Vieuxtemps (17 Feb 1820–6 Jun 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 182317089, citing Verviers Communal Cemetery, Verviers, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by Grand Army of the Republic (contributor 47370485) .