Nicolas Laoureux

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Connie Sunday said: Jul 28, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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Does anyone know anything about Nicolas Laoureux? No Wikipedia article (only a listing of his Method), and no listing, at least with that spelling, in the Groves (not the newest one, but the penultimate one, which I have in my studio). I’ve got Bakers in there, too, and do not find a listing either under “Laoureux” or even “Oureux, La,” in case the “la” is an article. Nothing comes up in online searches. Just applied for my 30 day trial of the online Groves, but have no idea whether it will be in there or not. It mystifies me why there is no listing anywhere. I’m thinking there is an alternate spelling?

Odd that there is nothing in Oxford, Groves, Bakers or on Wikipedia. Global googling doesn’t reveal anything, either. He didn’t die that long ago (five years before I was born; his dates are 1863-1945).

Wonder why there’s nothing about him? Almost as bad as Applebaum.

See, for listing of Laoureux’s books:
http://beststudentviolins.com/PedagogyTech.html#9

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Connie Sunday said: Jul 30, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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This morning I got my 30 day trial on the Groves Online, and Oxford Online, and got: Your search for ’search: Nicolas Laoureux, type: image, article, biography, source: The Oxford Companion to Music, Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music’ returned 0 results …….Not a single mention.

Somone on bavs did find some mention of Laoureux in some old French books that are digitized on google books, which indicate he’s a Belgium violinist: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/bavs/message/70603

I just think the material is wonderful and it seems strange to me there is nothing about him in any of the usual biographical resources (not Bakers, Groves, Wikipedia, Oxford, etc.)

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Connie Sunday said: Jul 30, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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I did get the following from Lynn Wallish on bavs:
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/bavs/message/70603

She translated some documents from google.books. Kind of interesting, but not enough for a full blown note, I don’t think.

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Pierre Yves Gagnon said: Jul 30, 2013
Pierre Yves Gagnon
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Viola, Violin
Oakville, ON
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Hi Connie,
I used the Laoureux books when first studied the violin. I still have all the volumes of the method. Your query intrigued me being french and I started to poke around,
Nicolas Laoureux is a Belgian violinist and I assume he is of the Franco-Belgian violin school. His method is very likely based on that style of violin playing. Incidentally, this year mark the 150 anniversary of his birth. The Franco-Belgium Violin School have produced the like of Vieuxtemps and Grumiaux.

The following is a link that may help you: http://www.zinfonia.com/zShowComposer.aspx?cid=14725
I also suggest that you research the Franco-Belgian violin school, you may come across his name. You are right, very little is known of Laoureux even on the French side of the web.
Pierre Y Gagnon

Pierre Y Gagnon

Connie Sunday said: Jul 31, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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It was explained to me this evening by a student—who is exactly my age, by the way, to the year and month—that it may be that information on N.L. is not available because if he died in 1945, in Brussels or other major Belgium city, the Nazis starved them out and many died of starvation. It was the most terrible part of the war, at the end. North of where my father was.

But it makes sense, and perhaps that is the reason. I may never be satisfied until I find out, however. Very nice thesis but the depth of sorrow associated with this is a bit more than one wants to face, I think.

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Connie Sunday said: Aug 1, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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This is what I have so far on the Laoureux:
http://beststudentviolins.com/Laoureux.html

which includes an essay submitted. It may be his biographical information is scarce because of the two World Wars and their consequences on his country, Belgium. Very sad indeed, if that’s the case.

This page is a “work in progress,” and I would appreciate any input by other players, especially those who read European languages (French, primarily).

Still working on some of the links and diacritical marks; I think they must have changed the rules since last I did this. But all comments very welcome.

Thanks,
Connie

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Connie Sunday said: Oct 26, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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If anyone remembers the discussion about the Laoureux materials, I thought I would post an update. I received today the Supplement to Part II, and the Part IV, which were not available for sale online anywhere. Schirmers sent them in book form; in other words, I thought they might send me an array of printed sheets that I would need to three-hole punch and put in a notebook, but instead, they sent printed copies in book form which are like the actual other books, just clearly printed out but beautifully put together.

It’s so very nice to have the complete set to examine. Click on the following link if you’d like to see the photographs of the two works received from the publisher.:

http://beststudentviolins.com/Laoureux.html

Connie

NL PartIV

NL PartIV

Image by Connie Sunday

NL Sup2

NL Sup2

Image by Connie Sunday

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Connie Sunday said: Jan 18, 2014
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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Update and photos of Nicolas Laoureux:

http://beststudentviolins.com/Laoureux.html#Update011714

A distant relative of Nicolas Laoureux emailed me this morning and sent three photos!!

The other issue that Mr. Becker cleared up is our hypothetical that Laoureux died because of the depradations of the war. He wrote the following:

Nicolas Laoureux died in 1945; Belgium was liberated in September 1944. Only in the Ardennes during The Battle of the Bulge, a small piece of Belgium was reoccupied by the Germans. There was no famine in Belgium; most Belgians were able to survive. I think you refer to the north of The Netherlands that remained occupied by the Germans until the end of the war. They suffered from a great famine in the winter of 1944 (hongerwinter) and many Dutch citizens died. So, I don’t think Nicolas Laoureux died because of the war.

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