17 ott 2015

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Paganini's legend: the Devil's violinist

paganini devil's violinist
Paganini
PAGANINI, Niccolò borns in Genoa, in 1782, his studies violin and guitar mandolin. 
He has only 12 years old, when starts to plays concerts writes form himself, to pay his musicians studies, his family wasn't rich. 
He has 18 when becames popular in all North Italy, but His fame as a violinist was only matched by his reputation as a gambler and womanizer. 

It's only in 1821 Niccolò Paganini plays in Vienna, and, after, becames famous in all Europe. 
His technical ability, and his willingness to display them, gained much acclaim from critics across Europe. 
In addition to his own compositions, theme and variations being the most popular; also his techique becames popular, in North Italy, a legend talks his technique becames from 'a pact with Devil' because wasn't easy to reproduce all his technique; his seemingly unnatural ability might have been a result of particular syndrome: "Marfan syndrome"; 

I thinks that story, becames from Italian's Catholic Churchs, for his bad style-life. 
In every concert, his fingers bleeds for the big work supported: in a particular concert the Turin's Governor asked to Paganini to repeat the last 'concerto', but him answer: "Paganini doesn't repeat" : that answer becames, in Italian language, a tipically "way of saying", used still now, that example to understand to you the big impact to all Italian society of Paganini's phenomenon. 

We can say, like many musicians say,  that in the music exist "before Paganini" and "after Paganini"; the only musician (for me) has had that big impact was for rock music and for electic guitar as Paganini, has had for classic music and for Violin strument has been Jimi Endrix with his guitar. 
Also that musician played his struments with 2 hands, as Paganini the violin and also many musicians start to plays the strument in the same way of these big 'virtuoso'. 
That legend remains still now, many years after... 

Another particulary alimented Paganini's legend that call him The Devil's Violinist is his violin, a Stradivari, called "Cannon" for his big power of sound. 
Now, every 2 years in Genoa, the Paganini's Town, there is a Paganini Music Festival for violin's musicians. is a contest: who wins can plays the Paganini's Cannon in the last night show.


  • Capricci di Paganini, Violin: Salvatore Accardo (1978)
  1. capriccio n 1: Andante 0:08
  2. capriccio n 2: Moderato 1:55
  3. capriccio n 3: Sostenuto - Presto - Sostenuto 4:32
  4. capriccio n 4: Maestoso 7:23
  5. capriccio n 5: Agitato 14:37
  6. capriccio n 6: Lento 16:27
  7. capriccio n 7: Posato 20:57
  8. capriccio n 8: Maestoso 24:40
  9. capriccio n 9: Allegretto 27:38
  10. capriccio n 10: Vivace 31:02
  11. capriccio n 11: Andante - Presto - Tempo I 33:23
  12. capriccio n 12: Allegro 38:04
Paganini on Wikipedia
Niccolò Paganini - about

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