Plucky Pa­ganini

BBC Music Magazine - - Letters -

Your Novem­ber is­sue ar­ti­cles on Pa­ganini were in­ter­est­ing and au­thor­i­ta­tive, but it’s a pity that no men­tion was made of his daz­zling guitar playing and im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the lit­er­a­ture of that in­stru­ment. Pa­ganini once stated that his guitar was ‘my con­stant com­pan­ion on all my trav­els’ and he was ac­quainted with many of the lead­ing play­ers of the day, no­tably Gi­u­liani, Carulli, Leg­nani and Zani de Fer­ranti. In a book of 1831, Carulli spoke of Pa­ganini as ‘an

ex­cel­lent per­former on WORTH £170! the guitar’ while Ber­lioz, him­self a player, called him ‘an in­com­pa­ra­ble gui­tarist’. There is no record of Pa­ganini ever giv­ing a pub­lic recital on the guitar, so only a small, for­tu­nate hand­ful of souls ever saw him WIN A DIG­I­TAL RA­DIO!

play. Yet he wrote over Ev­ery month the edi­tor will award a Pure Evoke H4 (re­tail 100 pieces for solo guitar, value £170 – see www.pure. in­clud­ing the A ma­jor com) to the writer of the best sonata. Your ar­ti­cles let­ter re­ceived. The edi­tor

didn’t cover the full re­serves the right to shorten

ex­tent of his ge­nius. let­ters for pub­li­ca­tion.

KG Banks, Maid­stone

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