About Charles-Auguste de Beriot (1802-1870)
A contemporary of Mendelssohn and known as the father of the Franco-Belgian violin school, De Beriot was a virtuoso violinist who wrote numerous works for the violin. Six Spanish Airs, also knwon as Six Duos Caracteristiques, were composed for two violins circa 1850. De Beriot borrowed themes from the once-popular work, Ballet Espgnol by Prince Yusupov. This version is an arrangement by Joel Lish for two violas.