Paganini Caprice No. 24 in A Minor

Posted: May 6, 2008 in music
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Niccolò Paganini (born Genoa, October 27, 1782, died Nice, May 27, 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His caprice in A minor, Op. 1 No. 24 is among his best known compositions, and serves as inspiration for other prominent artists from Johannes Brahms to Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Caprice No. 24 in A minor is the final caprice of Niccolò Paganini‘s 24 Caprices, and a famous work for solo violin. The work, in the key of A minor, consists of a theme, 11 variations, and a finale.
It is widely considered one of the most difficult pieces written for the solo violin. It requires many highly advanced techniques such as parallel octaves and rapid shifting covering many intervals, extremely fast scales and arpeggios including minor scales in thirds and tenths, left hand pizzicato, high positions, and quick string crossing. As a result, many violinists after studying for many years still lack the virtuosity required for such a demanding piece.

Jascha Heifetz – Violin
Jascha Heifetz plays Paganini Caprice No. 24 (Auer Edition with Schumann accompaniment).
Accompanist: Emanuel Bay


Vanessa Mae – Electric Violin

Vanessa Mae plays Caprice 24 on electric violin with her crew.

Eliot Fisk – Guitar
Eliot Fisk the classical guitarist performs his version here.

Santiago Cañon – Cello
Santiago Cañon Valencia (12 Years Old) Recording Caprice 24 on Cello by Niccolo Paganini for the New Zealand’s Arts Channel – Colombian Talent. November 16, 2007

Alison Balsom – Trumpet
Hear Alison Balsom play the Caprice 24 on a trumpet.

Szekeres Ferenc – Fender Stratocaster
Szekeres Ferenc from Budapest plays a Blues version just for fun.

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