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Laurie Niles

Happy July 4!

July 4, 2009 at 2:03 AM

That is, happy Independence Day to V.com friends in the United States, and a simple happy July 4 for everyone the world 'round!

I looked around YouTube for something that showed some American spirit, and naturally I chose a piece by a Belgian composer...;) Thank you to V.com member Krzysztof Ruciñski, who was 18 when he recorded this with pianist Chase Coleman, during the Recital launching Foundation to Assist Young Musicians in Las Vegas in December 2007. Enjoy, "Souvenir d' Amerique," Op. 17 by Henri Vieuxtemps, or, Variations on "Yankee Doodle."


From Pauline Lerner
Posted on July 4, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Laurie, you chose a beautiful piece of music for Independence Day.  Thanks for posting it.  I just wrote about Independence Day, but my approach was different from yours.  I'm sure we both want to wish everyone "Happy Independence Day!"


From SAM MIHAILOFF
Posted on July 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLVyRvp2Qbg

I Want You for the U.S. Army Recruitment Poster by James Montgomery Flagg (Corbis)

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

From Steven Albert
Posted on July 4, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Whew ... (out of breathe after watching that).  That's one Dandy of a piece for that Yankee to Doodle on.  The perfect thing for this holdiay.  Happy 233rd birthday America. 

Thanks for posting this Laurie.  Loved it!

Steven-


From Krzysztof RuciƱski
Posted on July 4, 2009 at 5:01 PM

I feel both very surprised and honoured that you have chosen my video, Laurie. Thank you!

I really owe a lot to the American people, especially Maestro Harold Weller and all FAYM supporters. I think it is an excellent opportunity to say thank you to all of them.

Thank you and my very warmest wishes to all of you!


From Laurie Niles
Posted on July 4, 2009 at 8:13 PM

You are welcome, Krzysztof!


From Brian Allen
Posted on July 5, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Excellent JOB!!  Great piece on 4th of July!! I have a little different interpretation of this piece on www.youtube.com/brianallen1129 if you would like to hear it. Keep up the great work!!


From Louise Pallet
Posted on July 5, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Thank you Laurie. I'm not American and neither do we have Independence day, I really enjoyed the version of yankie doodle.


From Louise Pallet
Posted on July 5, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Thank you Laurie. I'm not American and neither do we have Independence day, I really enjoyed the version of yankie doodle.


From carlos majlis
Posted on July 5, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Sorry if I sound negative, but that piece is supposed to be funny and exiting, and listen to that kid I don`t find neither. Technically is good, but IMO he don't feel the work, and for that he didn't express ir like it should be. It demands sense of humor and relax, and the boy sounds too serious and tense.

 


From Laurie Niles
Posted on July 5, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Thanks for sharing yours, too, Brian, very nice!

Carlos, try listening without looking; I disagree!


From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on July 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Wow you take my favorite composer. I did not know it was independent day in the USA. I have op.56 greetings to America with this Yankee Doodle of Vieuxtemps on cd. I only can dream of this violinplayinglevel of this 18th year old guy.

I add here 2 favorites on my Youtubechannel of this op.17 version:


From carlos majlis
Posted on July 5, 2009 at 8:07 PM

My vote is for Yiuha Jin, That's how that piece should be played! Excelent!


From Laurie Niles
Posted on July 6, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Thanks Bram!


From Smiley Hsu
Posted on July 7, 2009 at 11:32 PM

A little late, but in the spirit of 4th of July, here's an interesting performance using a baseball bat as a violin. 

www.youtube.com/watch

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