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Greeting to America, Op 56
composed for Vieuxtemps' American tour of 1843/4; published posthumously

'Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2' (CDA67878)
Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2
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Track 7 on CDA67878 [12'50]

Greeting to America, Op 56
Though published only posthumously, Greeting to America, Op 56, was composed for Vieuxtemps’s American tour of 1843–4. As the title suggests, the piece is in the manner of a salute from the Old World to the New: the orchestral introduction and the first violin solo are in fact based on an Italian air. A call to attention by the trumpets, however, leads to a fantasia on ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, after which the basses introduce, and the violin enthusiastically takes up, the lively march-tune of ‘Yankee Doodle’. Vieuxtemps had in fact dealt with this well-known tune before, in his Souvenir d’Amérique, Variations burlesques sur ‘Yankee Doodle’, Op 17, but the bravura variations in the present work are not related to that earlier set. In an imposing coda, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Yankee Doodle’ are triumphantly combined.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2012

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67878 track 7
Recording date
8 July 2011
Recording venue
deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon & Dave Rowell
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  1. Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2 (CDA67878)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: May 2012
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