Nicolo Paganini: A Biography (Classic Reprint)

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There are certain names in history which attain universal popularity and have rare distinction of symbolizing a particular art or an entire epoch. Even the ignorant know them and use them to express a definite train of thought. What name more popular than Raphael's? Does it not typify perfection in the art of painting? Mozart's name in music has an equal standing. As to the name of Paganini - more even than that of Liszt, whose fame as a virtuoso for so long overshadowed that of the composer, - it has become almost mythical. "To play like Paganini," like this Paganini whose memory lives forever, is to the masses the highest praise which can be bestowed upon an executant musician.

It is difficult to determine just when this widespread fame originated, especially in the absence of authentic documents; however, it can be positively stated that up to 1828 Paganini's glory was entirely of Italian making, his first foreign appearance, at Vienna, being the flash which lit the fire of enthusiasm in all Europe. Furthermore, it is difficult to retrace in detail the first thirty years of the artists eventful life, which, even before he left his native country, had been embellished by anecdotes of more or less authenticity.

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Book Description Forgotten Books, United States, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Excerpt from Nicolo Paganini: A Biography N icolo s first teachers were Giovanni Servetto, a man of little merit, says Fetis, with whom he did not remain long, and afterward Giacomo Costa, Musical Director and first violin of some of the prominent churches at Genoa, from whom he took thirty lessons in six months. At the early age of eight Paganini composed a violin sonata, and at eight and a-half years of age he played a concerto by Pleyel in a church. From that time on until he was eleven years old, he had regular engagements to perform works of this kind at religious ceremonies. Paganini looked upon this as of much moment, since the church services forced him to constant practice on his instrument. He also mentions with grateful recognition one of his countrymen, Francesco Gnecco - according to Conestabile, a writer of popular drama, who strongly in?uenced his musical development. When young Nicolo was about eleven and a-half years old - or perhaps two years earlier - he gave his first concert at the San Agostino Theatre, assisted by the singer, Teresa Bertinotti, and the male soprano, Marchesi. As for him, he played to his townspeople among other things, variations on the Carmagnole, which was very popular in Genoa at that time, and his success was enormous. The Marquis Di Negro (at whose house Kreutzer heard him about 1795) became much interested in the youthful virtuoso, and it was prob ably at his instigation that Antonio Paganini began a search for good masters. In 1796 he took his son to Parma, bearing letters of recommendation to Court officials, to Rolla and the famous Paer. At Florence he was presented to Salvator Tinti, who was astonished on hearing him play the variations on the Carmagnole. At Parma, he tells us I found in Rolla s room a new concerto composed by him, which I played at sight; Rolla was much astonished and in stead of giving me instruction on the violin, advised me to study counterpoint under Maestro Ghiretti, a Neapolitan court - musician and noted composer, who had also been Paer s teacher. Thus states Paganini, but it appears, according to Gervasoni, that the young artist actually took lessons from Alessandro Rolla during several months. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. Bookseller Inventory # APC9781330577714

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