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Shuhan [On Leave] (Inyourclosetinyourhead) Okay, I didn't see Paganini in this folder. I was so devasted :D So, I decided to make this topic. Is that okay with the moderators? I hope so.

I love Violin Concerto no. 1, a favourite. It sounds so tragic, like one of those Shakespeare tragedies. So funny and beautiful and dramatic. Sometimes it reminds me of a joker with the frowning masks gliding around. Sarah Chang and that orchestra played brilliantly.

A question: What are your beliefs of Paganini's involvement in La Campanella?

I believe he was involved and wrote it with Liszt. They were best friends afterall. Sometimes you can almost sense the Paganini in it. But then again, maybe Liszt was only a little influenced and inspired by Paganini.

message 2: by David (last edited Feb 21, 2014 08:48PM) (new)

David William Elswick | 100 comments La Campanella? That's an interesting question to ponder. I'm not well-versed on music history, so I can't offer a fair opinion.

I'm stunned by Paganini's circle of influence on so many musicians and composers! Here's a list of some of the well-known composers who wrote variations on his popular Caprice No. 24 theme:

The video above features violinist Itzhak Perlman playing Caprices No. 1, 5 and 24 in 1972.

message 3: by Emma (new)

Emma Iadanza (emmaiadanza) My violin teacher just player the left hand pizzicato part of sonata 24 for me - and the duet for solo violin. Not sure how he manages it.

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