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Nicolo Paganini, the devil’s violinist

Nicolò Paganini is universally recognized as one of the greatest violinists of all time and a key figure in the history of music.

Born on October 27, 1782, in a house near what is now Via del Colle, a caruggio in Genoa, Paganini revolutionized the way the violin was played and influenced generations of subsequent musicians. His life and music are shrouded in an aura of mystery and fascination, with tales that mix musical genius and legends.

Paganini, his life and talent

Paganini showed incredible musical ability from a young age. His talent on the violin was so extraordinary that he was said to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his virtuosity. This myth fueled his reputation as a virtuoso musician and gave rise to many legendary stories about his extraordinary technique and charisma on stage.

His violin technique was revolutionary for his time. Paganini was known for his ability to perform extremely difficult passages, such as double and triple octaves, fast arpeggios and acrobatic leaps on the violin. His ability to produce extraordinary sounds and amazing effects made him a pioneer in the field of violin technique. In particular, his compositions for solo violin, such as the 24 Caprices, are still considered among the most challenging and expressive in the violin repertoire.

Despite his musical greatness, Paganini’s life was marked by personal difficulties. He was said to be plagued by health problems and a dark, introspective personality. In addition, his reputation as an eccentric and visionary artist helped make his figure even more enigmatic.

Paganini traveled widely in Europe, enchanting audiences with his extraordinary performances. His stage presence was magnetic and charismatic, and his ability to convey emotion through the violin was unparalleled. Although he was best known for his technical skills, Paganini was also an outstanding composer, with works that fully exploited the expressive possibilities of the violin.

His unique style influenced many later composers, including Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann, who were fascinated by his technical innovation and approach to music. His impact on music was not just limited to the violin; Paganini broke new ground in composition and musical technique that had a lasting impact on classical music.

However, despite his fame, Paganini lived a complicated private life. He was involved in legal and financial disputes, and his personal relationships were often tumultuous. His reputation as a lonely and troubled artist contributed to his status as a legendary figure in music history.

Paganini died on May 27, 1840 in Nice, five months before his 58th birthday, at the home of the president of the Senate. The bishop of Nice forbade his burial in consecrated ground because of his reputation as a heretic. His body was then embalmed by the Gannal method and stored in the cellar of the house where he died. After several moves, he was buried in Gaione Cemetery in 1853 and later in Villetta Cemetery in Parma.

Paganini’s “Cannon”

Paganini’s “Cannon” refers to the famous violin built by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, one of the most famous violin makers of the time along with Antonio Stradivari, in Cremona in 1743 and later given to Nicolò Paganini, who played it throughout his life.

Paganini himself nicknamed it “my Cannon Violin,” because of its powerful and penetrating sound. The famous violinist in his will drawn up in 1837 had stipulated that the instrument be left to his city of Genoa “so that it may be perpetually preserved,” and it is in fact in Palazzo Tursi, at Genoa City Hall, that it can be admired.
The Cannon is exceptionally granted for use by a number of distinguished violinists for special concert occasions.

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