I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my theme this year is classical music. Check out the list of other participants by clicking here! N
is for Niccolò Paganini. He was an
Italian composer and violinist who lived from 1782 to 1840. Today’s featured
video is Niccolò Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 in A Minor performed by Alexander Markov.
He plays this piece stunningly well, there’s even a point around the 3-minute
mark where the camera frames can’t seem to keep up with Alexander’s finger
Paganini’s father began teaching him the mandolin at age 5, then he learned the
violin by age 7. When his family realized his talent, they had him study with
various local violinists.
to Parma, Italy in 1795 to get further training, but he was told that there was
nothing more they could teach him. He began training himself and would practice
up to 15 hours a day!
once borrowed a violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri for a concert from a wealthy
business man named Livron. After the concert, Livron refused to take it back
because of how well Paganini played. That violin is now known as Il Cannone
Guarnerius and is on display in Genoa, Italy.
was called “Witch’s Child” and many people believed that he made a pact with
the devil because his playing ability appeared to be supernatural. Paganini enjoyed it. According to inmozartsfootsteps.com,
“he would dress completely in black and sometimes arrive at a concert in a
black carriage pulled by four black horses.”
Il Cannone Guarnerius
abilities may have been caused by a medical condition. It is believed that he had
syndrome or Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, which could have accounted for his very
long fingers and excessive flexibility of the joints.
works, especially “La Campanella” and A Minor Caprice No. 24, have inspired
many composers, including Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Johannes
Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
trivia: Which member of Mozart's family is speculated to be the composer of the
Toy Symphony? Answer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father, Leopold Mozart, may
have composed the Toy Symphony which includes parts for toy instruments.
Although, there are other possibilities for itsorigin.
challenge, I’m keeping a playlist of the videos I’m using plus some extras for
anyone who wants to hear more. I will update with the latest letter each day. In
the video I added today, we hear another instrument Niccolò Paganini was fond of:
the guitar. The extra video I added is Paganini’s Grand Sonata in A for guitar
Do you know any violinists? Have they attempted the Caprice No. 24? Trivia: Who played Niccolò Paganini in the 2013 movie, The Devil's Violinist?