Favourite Paganini Caprice?

November 11, 2009 at 06:11 AM ·

So, does anyone have a favourite Paganini Caprice? Personally I love no.1, 5, 7, 17, 21, and 24.. What are your thoughts?

Replies (35)

November 11, 2009 at 01:20 PM ·

Ok, so like the really obvious one. 24!  I hope to learn it someday. 

November 11, 2009 at 01:32 PM ·

number 4

November 11, 2009 at 01:44 PM ·

 Definitely no. 4. Gorgeous piece of music - unlike 1, 5, 24 et al.

November 11, 2009 at 05:25 PM ·


November 11, 2009 at 08:08 PM ·

If I had to choose one, #4


November 11, 2009 at 09:36 PM ·

It would have to be #4 for me too.

November 11, 2009 at 09:37 PM ·

I'm working on #17 right now, and I really enjoy playing the 1st page.  The 2nd page, not so much...

#24 has always been my favorite.  And without it, we wouldn't have the fabulous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.  (Smile)

I like to listen to #6, but some of those stretches are big!  Bleh.  #4 is also nice to listen to, but I've always thought it was the hardest of the set.

November 11, 2009 at 10:57 PM · My favourite one is definetly number 24! Especialy the part with the left pizzicato

November 11, 2009 at 11:46 PM ·

Just watched Shlomo Mintz play no. 6.  It was amazing!

November 12, 2009 at 01:28 AM ·


Mintz has always been ptrry much my favorite but yesterday I finally got a CD thta had been on order for about a year that contains some of the best paginin I have ever heard (among other things...).  I didn`t know the playing of Steven Staryk.  Now I do,  and if I had the 500 plus dollars it costs I would go out and buy his newly released life work recordings like a shot.  The single CD contained all manner of etudes and it was frankly rather weird to hear Paginini and sevcik on the same disc ;)  but it is the most phenominal sound I can remeber.  Hiuge and vibrant like Oistrakh at his best.   



November 12, 2009 at 02:13 AM ·

Which caprice do I like best?  I hate all of them.  They're all too hard for me.  :-)

November 12, 2009 at 03:21 AM ·


nonsense.  You could play no16 to start with.  No problem....



November 12, 2009 at 08:18 AM ·

I like the melody in no. 9, the Hunt, just need more practise though.


November 12, 2009 at 06:15 PM ·

I like # 5!  And when a variation of it was played in the movie, "Cross Roads" it totaly blew me away!

November 13, 2009 at 02:03 PM ·

Paganini never hit the depth of genuine profundity any better than the theme of #24. That little theme is simple, even simplistic, yet haunting and endlessly absorbing. No wonder Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Ysaye, and others have been inspired to write their own variations. Paganini's own variations are still the classic model.

November 13, 2009 at 05:46 PM ·

24 too...

November 14, 2009 at 04:08 PM ·


the 24.....all of them! Esp. since I heard Shlomo Mintz playing them on the huge Frankfurt Alte Oper stage in one set and since Tanja Becker-Bender put them all on her Hyperion/London debut, on her gorgeous Guarneri del Gesu. My favorites there are La Chasse (#9), the Devil's Laughter (13) and the 24.

In practical terms I followed Mr. Brivati's advice to start with the 16 - no problem (my pace still is rather an allegro  than a presto like in TBB's breathtaking performance)


November 14, 2009 at 09:20 PM ·

The A flat major one, and the one that starts with minim octave trills followed by scales.

November 14, 2009 at 10:56 PM ·

No. 4

January 13, 2010 at 03:52 PM ·

"Play 16 to start with?" I'm working on 16, and it's quite troublesome to get clean. No's 13, 14, and 20 are much easier than 16.

January 13, 2010 at 05:29 PM · ^^^ I think it becomes sort of relative to each player. And anyway, they're all quite difficult. Even the beginning to No. 20, as you mentioned as being easy, takes mastery in order to play it so convincingly and with perfect control.

January 13, 2010 at 08:25 PM ·

Nos. 5 and 24.

January 15, 2010 at 02:54 PM ·

!!!!!!CAPRICE NO. 17!!!!!!!

No. 24 is quite amazing but WHAT ABOUT CAPRICE NO. 17!!????

u can have so much fun with it.  paganini really captures all sort of mood.  in the beginning, its somber and serious, then it morphs to become energetic and playful.  lets not forget the fingered octaves which are of a grand stature. 

caprice no. 17 is my all time favorite caprice to play on recitals and auditions because it speaks as musically as it does technically

January 17, 2010 at 09:43 PM ·

Number 24b!

January 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM ·

My favorite is #4. It's a great recital piece imo, since it has melodic passages as well as flashy passages.

January 27, 2010 at 12:34 PM · Hm..I personally like the 23rd..It just brilliant...(according to my opinion though) and also the 24th.. Basically all of them are marvelous..

January 31, 2010 at 01:38 AM ·

No.22 and 24 are fun, I'm dying to learn no.6 sometime, and perhaps 4 more of them eventually.

January 31, 2010 at 03:34 AM ·

 The first one I ever played, 16, was so much fun!  I think 5 is fun, too.  Well, actually, Paganini is like a cross between pure fun and pure torture.  Makes it kind of difficult to pick a 'favorite'....

July 20, 2015 at 05:35 PM · I have a specific question concerning Paganini Caprice #21. Does anyone have an idea about the origin of the lovely aria (duo in 6ths) which is the basis of the piece? It is marked amoroso, so presumably is some sort of Italian love song. Is there a similar song from the era that Paganini may have borrowed?

July 20, 2015 at 06:41 PM · No. 14!

July 20, 2015 at 06:41 PM · [removed duplicate post]

July 21, 2015 at 02:29 AM · #4, esp. the Kogan recording! Best one IMHO.

July 21, 2015 at 04:17 AM · Bruce - In my readings I have never seen any hint of a original song. And if you try to play any accompaniments to it (Schumanns, or Davids for example) you will se that it sounds quite forced with accompaniment. So I bet that it is an original melody by Paganini that was written to be unaccompanied.

July 21, 2015 at 10:20 AM · I quite like #2 and #10, but yeah favorite is #24.

July 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM · no1&no24

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