from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Paganini, Niccolò 1782-1840. Italian violinist and composer whose works include six violin concertos and many other virtuoso violin pieces.

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  • n. Italian violinist and composer of music for the violin (1782-1840)


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  • The name Paganini stands for the quintessence of eccentric genius, ” one of the most remarkable types of mankind on record.

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  • The only violinist whose memory was ever honored with public monuments was Ole Bull (1810-1880), who has been called the Paganini of the North.

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  • A Paganini is a work for solo violin that actually uses quotations from the master

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  • You can hear all that and more in his sensational recordings of Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz," Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's "Paganini" Rhapsody, which were transferred at long last to CD in 1998 and can now be downloaded from iTunes, along with a phenomenal 1953 concert performance of Copland's Piano Sonata, an all-American masterpiece that Kapell played as though he'd written it himself.

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  • Trumpet prodigy Alison Balsom's new CD, "Ca-price," due out in September, transforms well-known works such as Paganini's violin Caprice No. 24 and Debussy's solo flute piece "Syrinx," transcribed for her instrument.

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  • He soon distinguished himself by his extraordinary interpretation of these folk melodies, playing with an intensity and improvisational skill that set him apart and earned him the "Paganini" moniker.

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  • There was something in this fellow's playing which the great masters, such as Paganini, must have had.

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  • Then with Brahms '"Paganini" Variations, I transformed the piece by reordering the variations.

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  • The section on "Paganini" relates how Liszt first heard the virtuoso violinist Nicolò

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