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Aulicus Classics Club Episode One: A Peek into the Life and Work of Niccolò Paganini

23 May 2023

Aulicius Classics Club is a video series created by esteemed Italian music publisher Romano Di Bari and composer/arranger/conductor Stefano Torossi, with a sole purpose of putting a spotlight on the lives of legendary composers and their works. 

In the first episode, Di Bari and Torossi, discuss the great Niccolò Paganini and the album Paganini 24 Plus 1 Capricci performed by Luca Fanfoni for Aulicus Classics. 

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About Romano Di Bari 

Italian producer and CEO at label Aulicus Classics 
Romano Di Bari founded Flipper Srl Edizioni Musicali in 1972 after having developed his expertise with RCA and later with Ariston during the 60s. 

More About Niccolò Paganini

  • Born on October 27, 1782, in Genoa, Italy. He displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age and began studying the violin at the age of seven. 
  • Paganini is widely regarded as one of the greatest violin virtuosos in history. His exceptional technical skills and unique playing style captivated audiences during his time and continue to awe musicians and listeners today. 
  • He revolutionized violin playing with his extraordinary techniques. He was known for his incredibly fast and precise Finger work, mastery of double stops, left-hand pizzicato, and incredible bowing techniques that allowed him to perform impossible feats on the violin. 
  • His  incredible skills and enigmatic personality led to the creation of numerous legends and myths. Rumors spread that he had made a pact with the devil to gain his exceptional talent, and his intense and captivating stage presence only fueled these speculations. 
  • He composed numerous works for the violin, including six violin concertos, a set of 24 caprices, and various other pieces. His compositions were often technically demanding and highlighted his virtuosic abilities. 
  • Paganini's innovative techniques and compositions profoundly impacted the development of violin playing and music in general. His virtuosic style inspired many later composers, including Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms. 
  • He is famously associated with playing on the "Il Cannone" violin, an instrument crafted by the renowned Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari in 1743. Paganini acquired the violin in 1817 and considered it his favorite instrument. 
  • Paganini's extraordinary skills were accompanied by various health issues. He is believed to have had Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that can affect the connective tissues of the body. This condition is said to have contributed to his unusual physical appearance and flexible fingers. 
  • Paganini embarked on numerous concert tours throughout Europe, earning him international acclaim. His performances were met with great enthusiasm and admiration, establishing him as a legendary figure in the world of music. 
  • Niccolò Paganini's contributions to violin playing and his lasting impact on music cannot be overstated. His virtuosic style, technical innovations, and captivating compositions continue to inspire and challenge violinists to this day. 
  • These are just a few intriguing facts about Niccolò Paganini, an extraordinary violinist and composer whose legacy continues to resonate in the world of classical music.