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
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KG Banks, Maidstone