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Wieniawski, Henryk (Henri)

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Born: 1835 AD
Died: 1880 AD, at 44 years of age.

Nationality: Polish
Categories: Composers, Violinist

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1835 - Henryk Wieniawski was born on July 10th in Lublin. Polish violinist and composer.

1850 - He returned to the Paris Conservatory and was joined by his brother Josef, where both studied composition.

1851 - Henryk Wieniawski began his career as a virtuoso in earnest, spending some three years in Russia giving concerts and writing music for his own use.

1853 - In most of his early compositions, including the violin Concerto in F-sharp minor, he put emphasis on technical difficulty and virtuoso effects. They were performance pieces which he composed with himself as a performer in mind.

1860 - The relatively stable period of his residence in St. Petersburg yielded the finest of his compositional works: Etudes-caprices op.18, Polonaise Brillante op.21, and the Second Violin Concerto in D-minor.

1872 - After his last contract in St. Petersburg had run its course, he resumed the life of the traveling virtuoso with a two-year tour of North America.

1875 - Accepted a position of the professor of violin at the Brussels Conservatory but still maintained an extensive calendar of traveling and perfoming engagements.

1877 - Exhausting concert tours of the United States of America were followed by appointment as successor to Vieuxtemps at Brussels Conservatory, where he taught.

1880 - He died of an aggravated heart condition on March 31st, in Moscow, in the midst of yet another concert tour. He was forty five at the time of his death.

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