Paganini Moses Fantasy for Violin and Piano with Analytical Studies

Otakar Sevcik
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LKMP S511030/ HL 254185

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Violin, Piano with Analytical Studies
The Variations on a Theme from Rossini’s Moses is one of Niccolo Paganini's most famous and often performed virtuoso display compositions. Being the ultimate showman and almost circus performer, Paganini prided himself in compositions completely beyond the capabilities of the other violinists of his day. He would often play final pieces in his programs on a single string. One of his most famous concert pyrotechnics was to break the three upper strings in the concert and finish the concert with one piece performed on the G string of the violin. The Moses Fantasia, composed as a theme and variations from Rossini’s Moses in Egypt, is the best-known example of such a piece. In a curious historical note, no manuscript exists, as Paganini did not want any other virtuoso to steal this work. It was published posthumously and immediately became a sensation in the 19th century. We are proud to bring this version based on the earlier published version supplemented by the marvelous exercises written by Otakar Ševčík in the 1920’s.