– Italian musicologist Alberto Cantù
“What a first, rnusical,, elegant Caprice in E major – a formidable calling card!”
If you want to play the violin, you have to play Paganini. It’s just that simple. Niccolo Paganini‘s 24 Caprices for Solo Violin are the ticket. “While they are famous for their difficulty, they offer a wealth of possibilities for translating technical problems into imaginative works of art,” notes author Joan Backus.
That’s evident from the very first Caprice (Yes, Op. 1 No. 1!): “A very important study for both right and left hand, and a highly musical virtuoso piece, Caprice 1 ideally combines the two aspects essential to this particular genre.”
It’s sometimes called “The Arpeggio,” for reasons that will be quickly evident the moment you hear it played by 12-year old HeifetzPEG student SoHyun Ko. Enjoy – and remember to check out our YouTube channel and subscribe!