NICCOLO PAGANINI

I would like to thank George Pollen for the picture of Paganini.

1782 --- 1840

Niccolo Paganini on of the most celebrated of all 19th century Italian musicians was on of the greatest violinist of his time. Paganini whose astonishing virtuosity that gave birth to the legend that he was in league with the Devil. He was a son of a shopkeeper born in Genoa in 1782. It was from here that he received lessons on the Mandolin from his father, and it was from this he retained his love for string instruments thoughout his life.

Not only was he a virtuoso voilinist but he also was on the guitar. Later his father sent him to study with qualified teachers, soon the young Paganini made his public debut when he was only eleven years old. Paganini was very self willed and independent which force him to leave home at a early age, travelling as a freelance virtuosos and thus winnibg notoriety by both his talents and wild living.

He was such an obsessive gambler that before the age of eighteen he had staked and lost his very voilin. For three years he held an offical appointment but gave it up in 1805, and thereafter travelled restlessly throughout Europe until his death in 1840.

Paganini's life is wreathed in legend, he certainly had many love affairs, astonished audiences with outstanding technique and amassed a huge fortune which he left to his illegitimate son, Achille. It is perhaps not surprising that Paganini was a poor ensemble player, yet despite his nervous brilliance as a performer, his own compositions include many which are more than mere displays of virtuosity.

Last Updated on 30th June 2001
By Steven

And now for the Music

I like to thank George Pollen for the beautiful sequences that follows, email (gpollen@polleng.freeserve.co.uk">GEORGE and let him know what you think of his music.

(2210) "Moto Perpetuo" Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe, a beautiful sequenced by George Pollen

(882) "La Campanella Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe, a beautiful sequenced by George Pollen

I like to thank Emily Gray for sequencing and donating the fllowing piece, to contact Email (farlang@altavista.com">Emily Gray.

(2195) "Duet for One Violin". Sequenced by Emily Gray.

(1221) Caprice No.1 for Solo Violin in E Major : Andante Sequencer Unknown

(1222) Caprice No.2 for Solo Violin Sequencer Unknown

(1223) "'Moto perpetuo' (1830)" Sequenced by Bruno Giovannetti

(1224)"Larghetto Cantible from Centone di Sonate. Sequenced by Gene Reynolds

(1225) "Allegretto Scherzando" A lovely sequenced by David Lovell

(1226)I do not know the name of this piece. Sequencer Unknown

I like to thank George Pollen for the beautiful sequences that follows, email (gpollen@polleng.freeserve.co.uk">GEORGE and let him know what you think of his music.

(882) "La Campanella Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe, a beautiful sequenced by George Pollen

Paganni,(178) La Campanella transcribed by Lizst. Seq by Jaenfield

Paganini,(63) Caprice No.20 Seq by ?

(181) Caprice in A Minor,No.24 (Info kindly supplied by Qi & Ed) Seq ?

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