'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hill is Home and Playing Paganini.

It doesn't take long for things to return to normal and the house to be filled with the sound of music.
Robin has been working on, 'Caprice No.24 in A Minor' by Niccolo Paganini.

Paganini was born in Genoa in 1782, and died in Nice, in 1840. At his home in Nice there is a plaque on the wall with the inscription:

'Niccolo Paganini died here, his magic notes still vibrate in the air.'

Very fitting for a musician who contributed so much to music.
Whilst he is best known for his work on violin, it isn't as well known that he was also an accomplished guitarist. In fact he abandoned the violin for a few years to study the guitar, as he, "Loved it for its harmony."

He actually wrote many pieces for guitar, the most substantial being, 'Grand Sonata in A Major', which has an incredibly difficult guitar part and relatively easy violin part. Today, this piece is generally performed on solo guitar.

Paganini often performed with his friend and accompanist, Luigi Legnani, who was a guitar virtuoso and composer.
You can here Robin play Legnani's 'Caprice No.7', here, and it's easy to hear the similarities in Paganini and Legnani's style of composition.

But for now, I'm just enjoying having live music back in the house.
Even if it is accompanied by the question, "Do you prefer this fingering , or this...?"

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