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Saturday, August 12, 2017 Permalink

The Paganini Connection

Sketch by D. Maclise from an 1831 performance in London


In 1820, a composer and violinist--then little known outside his native Italy--published a collection of virtuoso solo pieces--including one that would inspire works by Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Benny Goodman and Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others.

In this hour, the astonishing impact of Nicolo Paganini's 24th Caprice for Solo Violin.

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