page 198...Great Masters of the Violin by Boris Schwarz
"The build of his hand was peculiar, as we learn from his personal physician, Dr. Bennati, who published his findings in 1831:
Paganini's hand is not larger than normal; but because all its parts are so stretchable, it can double its reach. For example, without changing the position of the hand, he is able to bend the first joints of the left fingers --which touch the strings--sideways, at a right angle to the natural motion of the joint, and he can do it with effortless ease, assurance, and speed. Essentially, Paganini's art is based on physical endowment, increased and developed by ceaseless practicing."
the description of the "sideways" motion is quite interesting:) any thoughts?
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