Violin Concerto No. 5 (Vieuxtemps)

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The Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor, Op. 37, by Henri Vieuxtemps was published in 1861 and composed 1858–1859.[1][2] This remains Vieuxtemps' most popular violin concerto, having been recorded by many great violinists, including Jascha Heifetz, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin and Kyung-wha Chung. Auer (1925, p. 75) writes that the concerto had been "practically forgotten" but if played as its composer intended, "will not fail to impress the majority of its auditors". 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.


  1. ^ Ginsburg 1984, p. 85
  2. ^ See Hofmeisters Monatsberichte (January 1862- implying most likely an 1861 publication date for receipt by Hofmeister's magazine in early 1862.) RISM also confirms this earlier date - they give 1858–1860 - according to a description of the autograph, held at Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Bruxelles - see RISM.
  • Auer, Leopold (1925), Violin Master Works and Their Interpretation, Carl Fischer, New York, repr. Dover, 2012
  • Ginsburg, Lev Solomovich (1984). Henri Vieuxtemps. Neptune City, N.J: Paganiniana Publication. 

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