Niccolò Paganini

Italian violinist, 1782-1840

Paganini was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op.1 are among the best known of his compositions, and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers. Paganini was also the inspiration of many prominent composers. Both „La Campanella“ and the A minor Caprice (No. 24) have been an object of interest for a number of composers. Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Boris Blacher, Andrew Lloyd Webber, George Rochberg and Witold Lutosławski, among others, wrote well-known variations on these themes.

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Paganini, Niccolò

Violinist, Gitarrist und Komponist (1782-1840). Autograph letter signed ("Paganini"). O. O. ½ S. 4to. Mit eh. Adresse (Faltbrief).
$ 8,534 / 7.500 € (48329/BN30761)

To his publisher Antonio Pacini in Paris; a side letter to a letter addressed to Pacini which was erroneously sent to himself: "Caro Pacini, Avendo ricevuto dalla posta una lettera con altra a voi diretta, ve le spicco tutte due curioso di sapere, se capite nulla nella mia, e se rilevate qualche cosa dalla vostra!" - Somewhat spotty, some damage to edges; left edge with traces from mounting.

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Paganini, Niccolò

Italian violin virtuoso (1782-1840). Album of 12 autograph manuscripts signed by Paganini, Rossini and others, containing mainly complete songs and piano pieces. Boulogne, Paris, Calais, Clermont and elsewhere. 22 pages. Oblong 4to (c.17 x 27 cm). 8-stave paper, contemporary brown polished calf, stamped in gilt and blind ("Clara Mangin"), presentation inscription.
$ 62,585 / 55.000 € (72654/BN46545)

Album of 12 autograph manuscripts signed by Paganini, Rossini and others, containing mainly complete songs and piano pieces. 1) Paganini, Niccolò. Album-leaf comprising two chromatic scale-passages in contrary motion, each spanning two octaves, twenty-six bars music in all, notated for treble & bass in brown ink on three two-stave systems, signed and inscribed ("All' Egregia Madamigella Clara Mangin ... Boulogne, li 15. Agosto 1834 Nicolò Paganini"). - 2) Rossini, Gioachino. Autograph manuscript of "Mi lagnerò tacendo", signed ("G.

Rossini"), comprising a sixteen-bar setting of Metastasio's text, notated in dark brown ink on two three-stave systems per page, [c.1836], 2 pages. Together with: Théodore Labarre (the song "Mathilde", 2 pages) - Georges Mathius ("Andantino" in E minor for piano, 3 pages, 1836) -Jules Godefroy ("Pensée du moment", for piano, 2 pages, 1835) - Henri Bertini ("Téma" for piano, signed and inscribed 14 Mai 1836. HBertini") - Theodore Döhler (Allegro in c minor for piano, signed) - Sigismond Thalberg (musical quotation of an 'Andantino' in G) - George Onslow ('Allegretto con moto' in E-flat, for piano, signed "...23 Janvier 1846 George Onslow", 3 pages) - Eugene Ortolan ('Souvenirs d'auvergne' in F, 3 pages, 2 September 1847), and others in the album of Clara Mangin, 22 pages, oblong 8vo (c.17 x 27cm), the manuscripts all written directly into the album, 8-stave paper, contemporary brown polished calf, stamped in gilt and blind ("Clara Mangin"), presentation inscription, 26 June 1834, Boulogne, Paris, Calais, Clermont and elsewhere, 1836-1847, somewhat worn, with front cover detached. - Autograph music by Paganini is rarely offered for sale. This is a fine album of the 1830s-1840s, containing mainly complete works rather than short quotations. Rossini's song is one of many such settings that the composer made of his favourite Metastasian poem. The volume was given to Clara Stéphanie Mangin of Boulogne in 1834, in recognition of winning a music prize. We learn from the three-page piano work by George Onslow in 1846 that Clara had become Comtesse d'Espinay Theix Royat; the Château de Theix was near Clermont-Ferrand..

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