Souvenir D'Amerique "Yankee Doodle Variations", Op. 17 for Viola and Piano
This set of variations, based on the melody of the popular song "Yankee Doodle", was played as a surprise encore piece at many of Vieuxtemps' recitals. Originally for violin and piano, this popular showpiece is arranged for viola and piano by Frank Foerster.
Vieuxtemps was regarded as one of the greatest traveling violin
virtuosos of the 19th century. He composed many works for violin,
especially catchy salon music repertoire like this Rondino, a virtuoso
piece with a soulful middle section - a perfect encore!