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At the age of five, Paganini started learning the mandolin from his father, and moved to the violin by the age of seven.
His musical talents were quickly recognized, earning him numerous scholarships for violin lessons. The young Paganini studied under various local violinists, including Giovanni Servetto and Giacomo Costa, but his progress quickly outpaced their abilities.
Paganini and his father then traveled to Parma to seek further guidance from Alessandro Rolla. Though Paganini did not stay long with Paer or Ghiretti, the two had considerable influence on his composition style. The Paganinis sought refuge in their country property in Romairone, near Bolzaneto.
It was in this period that Paganini is thought to have developed his relationship with the guitar. ByPaganini and his father traveled to Livornowhere Paganini played in concerts and his father resumed his maritime work.
Inthe year-old Paganini was appointed first violin of the Republic of Luccabut a substantial portion of his income came from freelancing. His fame as a violinist was matched only by his reputation as a gambler and womanizer.
Paganini was part of the entourage, but, towards the end ofhe left Baciocchi to resume his freelance career.
Travelling virtuoso[ edit ] bulletin advertising a performance of Paganini For the next few years, Paganini returned to touring in the areas surrounding Parma and Genoa. Though he was very popular with the local audience, he was still not very well known in the rest of Europe.
His first break came from an concert at La Scala in Milan. The concert was a great success. As a result, Paganini began to attract the attention of other prominent, though more conservative, musicians across Europe.
His concert activities, however, were still limited to Italy for the next few years. This was followed by tours in Paris and Britain.
His technical ability and his willingness to display it received much critical acclaim. In addition to his own compositions, theme and variations being the most popular, Paganini also performed modified versions of works primarily concertos written by his early contemporaries, such as Rodolphe Kreutzer and Giovanni Battista Viotti.
Late career and health decline[ edit ] Throughout his life, Paganini was no stranger to chronic illnesses. Although no definite medical proof exists, he was reputed to have been affected by Marfan syndrome   or Ehlers—Danlos syndrome.
He was diagnosed with syphilis as early asand his remedy, which included mercury and opiumcame with serious physical and psychological side effects. Inwhile still in Paris, he was treated for tuberculosis. Though his recovery was reasonably quick, after the illness his career was marred by frequent cancellations due to various health problems, from the common cold to depression, which lasted from days to months.
In SeptemberPaganini put an end to his concert career and returned to Genoa. Contrary to popular beliefs involving his wishing to keep his music and techniques secret, Paganini devoted his time to the publication of his compositions and violin methods.
He accepted students, of whom two enjoyed moderate success: Neither, however, considered Paganini helpful or inspirational. He was in charge of reorganizing her court orchestra.
However, he eventually conflicted with the players and court, so his visions never saw completion. In Paris, he befriended the year-old Polish virtuoso Apollinaire de Kontskigiving him some lessons and a signed testimonial. Its immediate failure left him in financial ruin, and he auctioned off his personal effects, including his musical instruments, to recoup his losses.
At Christmas ofhe left Paris for Marseilles and, after a brief stay, travelled to Nice where his condition worsened. In Maythe Bishop of Nice sent Paganini a local parish priest to perform the last rites.
Paganini assumed the sacrament was premature, and refused.
Because of this, and his widely rumored association with the devil, the Church denied his body a Catholic burial in Genoa. His body was finally buried inin a cemetery in Parma. Personal and professional relationships[ edit ] Though having no shortage of romantic conquests, Paganini was seriously involved with a singer named Antonia Bianchi from Como, whom he met in Milan in The two gave concerts together throughout Italy.The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is pleased to present GroupBuy savings for Plato Learning COMPREHENSIVE online course packages from Edmentum, a leader in online education.
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