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Viola Sonata B flat major op. 36

About the Composer


Henry Vieuxtemps

A violinist and composer of the Romantic era from Belgium who attained great international fame by his virtuosic playing. He is regarded as the most important representative of the Franco-Belgian violin school. His works include concerti for violin, viola, and cello, solo pieces, and chamber music.

1820Born in Verviers on February 17. At age four he receives violin lessons from his father, later from Joseph Lecloux-Dejonc.
1827–31Concert tours take him to Liège and Brussels, among other places. He is accepted into Charles-Auguste de Bériot’s class.
1829In Paris he makes his debut at the Théâtre-Italien with Pierre Rode’s Violin Concerto no. 7 in A minor, op. 9.
from 1831Decades-long concert tours throughout Europe and America help him rise to become the most popular violinist of his age. He meets important contemporaries, including Schumann, Spohr, and Bernhard Molique. He intensifies his studies with Simon Sechter in Vienna.
1835–36He takes composition lessons with Anton Reicha in Paris.
1844He marries Viennese pianist Josephine Eder, who frequently accompanies him at the piano.
1846–50In St. Petersburg he is active as soloist to the Tsar and as professor at the conservatory, where he founds the St. Petersburg school of violin. He composes four violin concerti.
1861He publishes his Violin Concerto no. 5 in A minor, op. 37, one of his best-known works.
1871As professor at the Brussels Conservatoire he teaches, among others, Eugène Ysaÿe.
1879He withdraws from public life for health reasons.
1881Dies in Mustapha, Algeria, on June 6.

About the Authors

Peter Jost (Editor)

Dr. Peter Jost, born in 1960 in Diefflen/Saar, read musicology, German and comparative studies at Saarland University in Saarbrücken. He did his PhD in 1988 with a thesis on Robert Schumann’s Waldszenen.

From November 1991 to April 2009 he was a research associate at the Richard Wagner Complete Edition in Munich, and since May 2009 has been an editor at G. Henle Publishers. His Urtext editions comprise predominantly French music of the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Lalo, Saint-Saëns and Ravel.


Klaus Schilde (Fingering)

Prof. Klaus Schilde, born in 1926, spent his childhood in Dresden. There he was greatly influenced by Walter Engel, who taught him the piano (Kodaly method), composition and violin. From 1946–1948 he studied at the music conservatory in Leipzig with Hugo Steurer. After moving to the west in 1952 he studied with Walter Gieseking and Edwin Fischer, as well as with Marguerite Long, Lucette Descaves and Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Schilde won numerous prizes. From 1947 onwards he gave concerts as a soloist and chamber musician on almost every single continent with renowned orchestras. He taught at the music conservatories in East Berlin Detmold, West Berlin, Munich, Tokyo (Geidai) and Weimar. From 1988–1991 he was President of the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, where he also taught for decades as a professor. There are numerous radio and television broadcasts with Klaus Schilde as well as CD recordings. Schilde has contributed fingerings to almost 100 Henle Urtext editions.

Prof. Klaus Schilde passed away on 10 December, 2020.

Tabea Zimmermann (Fingering and bowing for Viola)

Marie Cornaz (Preface)

Marie Cornaz is the head of the music division at the Royal Library of Belgium and lecturer in musicology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. After her doctoral dissertation on music publishing in Brussels during the 18th century, she has published on manuscript and printed musical sources kept in Belgian collections and on the history of the musicians in the Low Countries and Belgium between the 17th century and the beginning of the 20th century. She is the author of the following books: L’édition et la diffusion de la musique à Bruxelles au XVIIIe siècle (2001), Les Princes de Chimay et la musique (2002), The Dukes of Arenberg and Music in the Eighteenth Century. The Story of a Music Collection (2015) and À la redécouverte d’Eugène Ysaÿe (2019).

Henle's generous edition offers two viola parts; one fingered and bowed by Tabea Zimmermann, both with handy fold-out pages. Violists will eagerly embrace this handsome Urtext publication.

Austa Q, 2014