Beriot, Charles Auguste De

Charles-Auguste de Beriot (20 February 1802 – 8 April 1870) was a violinist, composer, and educator from Belgium. In his youth, he was educated in Belgium and traveled to Paris in the early 1820s, and studied briefly at the Paris Conservatoire with the noted tutor Pierre Baillot. He then embarked on a solo career and performed with the renowned opera singer Maria Malibran from 1829 to 1836, whom he married in 1836. In 1842, Beriot took a spot at the Brussels Conservatoire after refusing to succeed Baillot at the Paris Conservatoire. Due to declining eyesight in 1852, he stayed there until his resignation and managed to write until his passing. Beriot was the Franco-Belgian School of Violin Playing and Composition creator, a fusion of the French tradition and Paganini's modern virtuoso style.

In the production of the nineteenth-century virtuoso violin concerto, a genre followed by composers such as Ernst, Vieuxtemps (the pupil of Beriot), and Wieniawski, Beriot was an important figure. His artistic production covers Beriot's ten concertos, the first one being Opus 16 and the last Opus 127. The ten concertos act as outstanding preparatory works for the traditional Romantic repertoire since Beriot's concertos were popular in the nineteenth century and because subsequent composers built on his concepts. De Bériot's concertos and etudes are crucial stepping stones for serious violin students to establish a firm foundation before learning the big Romantic concertos. The No. 9 in A minor, Op. 104, and No. 7 in G major, Op. Seventy-six are his most popular concertos. On his album "Concertos from My Childhood," Itzhak Perlman included a version of Scene de Ballet, Op. 100. The Juilliard Orchestra, led by Lawrence Foster, is featured on this album. With her "Solos for Young Violinists" series, Barbara Barber also issued recordings and sheet music with piano accompaniment of de Beriot's Concerto No. 9 in A minor Op. 104 and Scene de Ballet, Op. 100. Violin Method Op. 102 and "First 30 Concert Studies" Op. 123 are published by Schirmer. The famous encore piece "Scene de Ballet" Op.100 is posted by Peters.

Violin compositions of Charles Auguste De Beriot | Animato Strings


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