Henry Vieuxtemps and a Troubled Season

R. Allen Lott

in From Paris to Peoria

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195148831
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869695 | DOI:
Henry Vieuxtemps and a Troubled Season

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Bernard Ullman arranged for the Belgian violinist Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-81) to contribute some novelty to Sigismund Thalberg's second season in America, which was marred, however, by the financial panic of 1857. Audiences in the eastern cities who had already heard him multiple times were reluctant to spend money when finances were tight, and many concerts were canceled. Thalberg thus made two forays into the Midwest, where audiences who had yet to hear him were more eager to part with money. Like Leopold de Meyer before him, Thalberg brought his own Erard grand pianos, but he eventually had an understanding with the American piano firm of Chickering to supply pianos for his concerts. His last appearances in New York were at the orchestral concerts of the French conductor Alfred Musard (1828-81).

Keywords: Bernard Ullman; Sigismund Thalberg; Erard pianos; Chickering pianos; Alfred Musard

Chapter.  5956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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