March 2007

pilgrimacy to Verviers, Belgium for Henri Vieuxtemps

March 29, 2007 04:07

I took a wednesday free for my work for a day Belgium with a violinfriend. First we stopped near Antwerpen to buy a carte of Vieux Temps-beer (the same name as the composer) and 2 glasses. Than we drove to Liege, where I copied the 6th violinconcerto for violin/piano of Henri Vieuxtemps and Greeting for America, also for violin/piano and the violinconcerto of Gabriel Fauré. Near Liege is Verviers where Henri Vieuxtemps was born. Earlier I visited the concours Henri Vieuxtemps where 8 candidates had to play the 2th violinconcerto of Vieuxtemps.
Also than I saw the statue of Vieuxtemps on a square in Verviers and the Rue(road) Henri Vieuxtemps. Now I also found his grave




The grave of Henri Vieuxtemps in Verviers Belgium, Europe. I played with a Vieux Temps bottle on his bronze violin.

Road of Henri Vieuxtemps in Verviers Belgium, Europe




I baptized the statue of Henri Vieuxtemps with Vieux Temps-beer in Verviers Belgium, Europe

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Gypsy music during a meal after a concert with 3 violinists

March 21, 2007 16:49

I went to a concert of Helberine Hylkema who played with a pianist some chambermusic with a violinfriend.I knew her because she was the soloist in the Glazunov violinconcerto with an amateurorchestra in Groningen in the north of our country.


There we met in the audience another amateurviolinists with his wife who also plays in several orchestra's and after the concert he invited us to eat at his home. While they were cooking I played with a cd sonata's of Henri Vieuxtemps, my favorite composer op.22 and op.53. During the meal he played Romanian gypsy music with the cd he was turning and I gave him 5 euro under the ebony thing of the violin where you have to press your lefthandfingers.

He also had played that music in an Italian restaurant, while people were eating, like a real gypsy.

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Violinbag, Musicstamp, violincard 30 + 31

March 21, 2007 05:01

From a friend I got this link http://www.sachawendt.nl/tassen/index6.html
with this photo of a womanbag in the form of the violin for my weblog. He earlier had something for my weblog, just like Pauline Lerner. Thanks Robert.


In Holland I found this stamp with an instrument on it.

During a holiday of one day in Belgium for Henri Vieuxtemps with a friend (later more about it) I found 2 violincards:

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Violincard 28 of Pauline Lerner

March 17, 2007 08:41

Again I was surprised to get a letter from the USA. It was Pauline who sent a violincard I did not have for my collection. Here it is. Thanks Pauline!


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After 4 decemberconcerts bronze, after 8 gold harp/lyre

March 13, 2007 04:52


Here a scan of my bronze harp and golden harp/lyre of my studentsorchestra. I played in 1983 and 1984 2 decemberconcerts and after 5 years of not playing violin at all from 1991-1996. In 1992 I got the bronze harp/lyre because of my 4 decmberconcert I played. At that time I had already finished my study, but it was no problem to play longer in that orchestra, although I lived and worked in a factory quite far from that studentorchestra. Because I did not had a car at that time, I have to go by train. But so late in the evening the train did not reach the place where I lived, so I had to bike another 10 km with my folding bike to the place where I lived, so I got my gold medal!! in the end. A silver medal was for persons who have been twice in the orchestra-committee, but I only played.

A foto of me to the right from more than 10 years ago.

only wooden desks (now the concertmaster plays from a wooden desks and the 1th cellist may play with red socks during concert [another strange old fashioned tradition])

The orchestra Sempre Crescendo from 1831 has a rich history http://www.sempre.corps.nl/2004 . They played with Henryk Wieniawski from Poland in the past.

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4 RARE VIOLINCONCERTO'S , Penderecki2, Britten, Szymanowski1, Joachim2 in Rotterdam + my half-yearrepertoirelist

March 8, 2007 04:48

I got the programm of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for the season 07/08 and they had in the programming of the Symphonic Adventures 4 RARE VIOLINCONCERTO'S. So I jumped into the air. Earlier Christian Tetzlaff said to me after his concert of Mozart3,4,5 violinconcerto's that he would play the Hungarian violinconcerto2 of Joseph Joachim this winter, but it is now next winter.
Also Penderecki 2th violinconcerto by Julian Rachlin
Britten violinconcerto by Antje Weithaas
Szymanowski 1th violinconcerto by Nikolaj Znaider
All good reasons to visit the concerthall to hear these rarities.



Yesterday we had a grouprehearsal with 1th and 2th violinists together of the former concertmaster of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague(Den Haag) Jaring Walta, who gives now lessons at the Royal Conservatory at The Hague(Den Haag) and he said it was a pity that rarities like Vieuxtemps 4 and 5 and Paganini4 have been disappaered from the repertoire.
He studied with us Richard Wagner , Ouverture “Tannhäuser” and Paul Hindemith , Symphonic Metamorphosen.
Here my programm for this half year of 5 orchestra's:

Mondayeveningorchestra: Stravinsky firebird, Milhaud, violaconcerto; Satie, Parade; Ron Ford, special written composition for us: PS4PT

Tuesdayeveningorchestra: Glauzunov violinconcerto, Elgar Enigma variations, Rimsky Korsakov Legend of the invisible city of Kitesch

Wednesdayeveningorchestra: Richard Wagner , Ouverture “Tannhäuser”; Sergei Prokevjev , violinconcerto no.1 ;Maurice Ravel ,Pavane pour une infante défunte ; Paul Hindemith , Symphonic Metamorphosen

Thursdayeveningorchestra : Albert Roussel Concert ,Antonin Reicha symfony F-Dur 1808, Berlioz Summer nights

Weekendprojectorchestra : C. Debussy: 'Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune' ; E. Chausson, Poème ; M. Ravel: Tzigane ; A. Bruckner: Symfony nr. 9

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