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Wieniawski was particularly renowned for his tireless championing in the West of the music of the nationalist Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko. Finally he moved to Brussels where, as a chamber music player and accompanist, he took a prominent part in the musical life of the city, and became a professor of piano at the Conservatoire. He died in 1912.
Wieniawski’s compositions for the piano are understandably vehicles to showcase his virtuosity in the concert hall and private salon. They include polonaises, waltzes, mazurkas and concert études, as well as a Fantaisie and Fugue, two piano sonatas and a Duo Polonaise. There is a little chamber music consisting of a string quartet, piano trio and cello sonata; and for orchestra he wrote a Suite romantique, the Overture Guillaume le Taciturne, a Rêverie Op 45, and the Piano Concerto in G minor Op 20, written in about 1858, published in Warsaw in 1860, and dedicated to Leopold II, King of the Belgians.
from notes by Christopher Fifield © 2010