• Steve Moretti

Niccolò Paganini (Part 1)

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

The world's first violin virtuoso superstar. Was he in league with the Devil?

Show notes for Episode #1 of Musical Footprints

Painting of Paganini by an anonymous artist

Niccolò Paganini was born on October 27, 1792 In Genoa Italy to "musically ambitious" parents. Genoa was the capital of the Republic of Genoa, an independent state since 1005 AD.

In 1782 Genoa was in decline, America was gaining recognition as an independent country and Mozart was debuting a new opera. He had just married Contanza Weber. In Scotland, James Watt was perfecting the steam engine which would soon help power the industrial revolution of the 19th Century.

Niccolò first learned to play the mandolin, and then briefly the guitar, until finally at the ripe old age of 7 years old, he discovered the violin.

Paganini as a young man as painted by Retratto Giovanile

Musical pieces used on Episode #1

1. Paganini - 16th caprice - violin 2. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem - mandolin 3. Paganini - MS16 Serenata - guitar 4. Paganini - 6th caprice - violin 5. Carl Friedrich Abel - WKO 205, performed by Phillip W. Serna 6. Bach - Bourree BWV996 7. Corelli - Violin Sonata in A, Op.5, No.6 8. Vivaldi - Violin Concerto in G minor, Largo 9. Locatelli - The Art Of The Violin, no. 1 10. Paganini - Cantabile in D, for violin and guitar, MS109 11. Paganini - 16th Caprice 12. Paganini - 24th Caprice 13. 10. Paganini - Cantabile in D, for violin and guitar, MS109