Interesting facts from the life of Paganini

Interesting facts "Man" Interesting facts from the life of Paganini

  1. The son of a dockman, Paganini, nevertheless, thanks to his talent, was able to become a baron and earned several million francs. When the boy was five years old, the father, noticing his son's abilities, began to teach him music, first on the mandolin, and from the age of six on the violin.
  2. Paganini's path to fame was not unhindered. Since childhood, he had to endure the tyranny of his father, who forced him to study music all day long, not allowing him to go out. From lack of oxygen, movement and excessive exertion, the boy fell into a cataleptic coma. His parents considered him dead and almost buried him. After an illness, he did not leave his studies, and soon the fame of the talented violinist went far beyond the borders of Genoa.
  3. At the age of 8, Paganini wrote a violin sonata and several difficult variations. At a young age, he created most of his famous capriccios, which still remain a unique phenomenon of musical culture. In playing the violin, Paganini was a real virtuoso. Having quickly mastered the traditional technique, he began to experiment: he imitated the singing of birds and human laughter, the sound of a flute, trumpet, horn, the hum of a cow, and applied various sound effects.
  4. They wanted to send the young virtuoso to study the famous violinist Alessandro Rolla. On the day when Paganini's father and son visited Rolla, the latter was ill and did not intend to receive anyone. In the room next to the patient's bedroom, on the table lay the sheet music of Roll's concerto and a violin. Niccolò took the instrument and played the piece he had created the day before. The surprised Rolla went out to the guests and, seeing that a boy was playing his concert, said that he could no longer teach him anything.
  5. Paganini once made a bet that he could conduct an orchestra with a violin with only two strings. He managed not only to win a bet, but also to impress Napoleon's sister Eliza Bonaparte - an impressionable Corsican woman fainted from delight. So their romance began. Paganini received the title of "court virtuoso" and at the same time was appointed captain of the princess's personal guard.
  6. Playing on two strings did not become a redistribution of Paganini's capabilities: on Napoleon's birthday, he surpassed himself by playing on one string. The violinist quickly lost interest in Eliza and became interested in another sister of Bonaparte, Pauline Borghese. Their relationship was just as short-lived.
  7. As easily as women, Paganini conquered cities and countries. He was applauded in Italy, Austria, Germany, France, England, Ireland. Wherever he appeared, funny stories immediately happened, giving rise to rumors. Heinrich Heine wrote about this in "Florentine Nights": "Yes, my friend, what everyone says about him is true - that when Paganini was the bandmaster in Lucca, he fell in love with a theatrical prima donna, was jealous of her for some insignificant the abbot, perhaps, became a cuckold, and then, according to good Italian custom, he stabbed his unfaithful beloved, ended up in hard labor in Genoa and finally sold himself to the devil in order to become the best violinist in the world. "
  8. The name of Paganini's son was Achilles, the great musician raised the child himself, having sued him from his mother Antonia Bianchi.
  9. After the concert in Vienna, one of the listeners claimed that he saw the devil standing behind the musician and moving his hand with a bow. The journalists picked up the news and reported it quite seriously. On numerous cartoons, he was portrayed as ugly, in the newspapers he was characterized as a greedy, stingy and petty person, envious people and enemies spread ridiculous rumors about him. Notoriety accompanied him everywhere and always.
  10. Niccolo Paganini was a Freemason. He wrote a Masonic hymn and sang it in the lodge of the Grand Orient of Italy; the documents of the society also confirm his belonging to the Freemasons.
  11. The Maestro died at the age of 57. The cause was a congenital autoimmune disease.
  12. After the death of Paganini, the bishop of Nice accused him of heresy and forbade the church burial of his remains. The burial took place 56 years after his death, and eyewitnesses claimed that his body remained incorrupt all this time, and the sounds of a violin were heard from the grave. So even after his death, the genius violinist remained the subject of rumors and legends.
  13. The virtuoso bequeathed his favorite Guarneri violin to his hometown, Genoa (the maestro did not want anyone to play it after his death). Later the instrument was named "Paganini's Widow".