Thursday, March 02, 2006

War of the Romantics: Part V --Niccolò Paganini, (1782 – 1840)

Thought to be the first virtuoso violinist ever, Niccolo Paganini composed, played the violin, viola,guitar, and mandolin; however, he is mostly known for the violin. Paganini started playing violin at the age of seven, and began composing before he turned eight. 20 years later he had become one of the first ever touring solo artists, and made a fourtune throughout his lifetime doing so. Considered by many as the greatest violinist who ever lived, Paganini possesed perfect intonation and technique.

Here is one of the better stories about Paganini, taken from
"A pervading myth about Paganini is that he sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his fearsome technique, a rumor which he delighted in and may have even started himself. During a performance his eyes would roll into the back of his head while playing, revealing the whites. His swaying stance, long unruly hair and thin, gaunt stature would add to this rumor. He played so intensely that women would faint and men would break out weeping. "

Paganini's intensity and emphasis on intonation and techinque are expressed quite eloquently in both his first Violin Concerto and His famous 24 Caprices for Solo Violin. The Caprices, over the past 200 or so years, have become a popular choice for practicing advanced technique.

What some of you might be thinking now is, " Why would anyone want to listen to exercises?" I will tell you now that All 24 caprices(played on this album by none other than Itzhak Perlman) as well as his first violin concerto( played by Salvatore Accardo on this particular album) are definitley worth your time.

Im really pumped about this whole War of The Romantics. It gives us a chance to put our five extensive music libraries together to bring the best music ever written to your computers and you ears. But then again,that is what we have been doing all along...Come back in the near future for more on the War of the Romantics.

Happy Listening:

Niccolò Paganini, 24 Caprices for Solo Violin
Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1


At March 06, 2006, Blogger Sam said...

Great post. The caprices are mind-blowing.

At March 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, but why in m4a?
maybe you know, with which software can I convert this to mp3?

At March 07, 2006, Blogger matt said...

All my files are m4a's because i use itunes, which only supports m4a's. However these are easily convertible with a program like this one:

Comment if you have any more questions.

At March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent post. paganini is my favorite violinist of all times.


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