Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) was one of the greatest
virtuosos, of any instrument, of any time. Today he is
most famous for his violin music. However, he wrote a
large amount of music for the guitar.
The remarkable international career of Niccolò Paganini
-- regarded in legend as the greatest virtuoso
violinist ever -- did not begin until relatively late
in life. Born in Genoa in 1782, Paganini received his
first musical instruction from his father, a devoted
amateur musician. Niccolò's rapid progress on the
violin, however, was such that his father (who was in
fact a mandolinist, and thus little suited to train his
precocious son) was soon compelled to send his son to
Giacomo Costa, maestro di capella of the Cathedral at
San Lorenzo, for further study. Although he quickly
gained some local fame and even embarked on a minor
tour of Italy in 1797, it would be many years before
Paganini consented to perform outside his native land.
Although originally written for Guitar, I created this
arrangement for Concert (Pedal) Harp.