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Nicolo Paganini – had he sold his soul to the devil?

Posted in Famous Composers, Historical articles, History, Music, Superstition on Friday, 20 November 2015

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This clever portrait of Nicolo Paganini, shows the great composer and virtuoso violinist fiddling away while a diabolical grotesque grins in the background. This is an allusion to the rumour that the only explanation for such performing genius was that he had sold his soul to the devil. In fact Paganini was a kind and generous man; when he heard “Harold in Italy”, which he himself had commissioned, he sent Berlioz 20,000 francs to help the struggling composer. Of his legendary performing genius only his Guarnerius violin remains, preserved by the city of Genoa.

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Nicolo Paganini – had he sold his soul to the devil? by Angus McBride

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