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An Obsession with Bach and the Requiem
Ysaÿe’s Second Violin Sonata
Belgian violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe (1858–1931) wrote his six violin sonatas, Op. 27, after hearing a performance of J.S. Bach’s six violin sonatas. One writer noted ‘these sketches, almost improvisations, emerged as six intimate portraits in music of his friends
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Eugène Ysaÿe, Louise Bourdau and Jeannette Dincin
An Officer’s Daughter and a Brooklyn Bride
On 28 September 1886 something special happened in the town of Arlon, just west of the Belgium-Luxembourg border. On that memorable day, the violin superstar and newly appointed professor at the Brussels Conservatory Eugène Ysaÿe married the singer Louise Bourdau
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Eugène Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
“Mirroring the technical evolution and expressions of his time”
In 1923, Eugène Ysaÿe attended a performance by the great violinist Joseph Szigeti. The entire concert was dedicated to Ysaÿe’s favorite composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. Deeply moved and inspired, Ysaÿe went to work and over the course of twenty-four hours
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Dedicated to Ysaÿe
“Ysaÿe Plays the Fiddle as the Birds Sing”
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) was not only one of the greatest violinists of his time, but he was also a composer, conductor, and teacher. And what is more, great composers inspired him, and in turn, his exceptional artistry inspired them to
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Eugène Ysaÿe
“The King of the Violin” Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) was, without doubt, one of the most important and towering violinists of his time. Born in Liège on 16 July 1858, he received his initial violin instructions from his father at the
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