I have been thinking a lot recently about Paganini’s left hand technique and the idea that some of it may have been based on an extreme backward extension. This concept would relate to earlier ideas about shifiting on the violin (Baroque technique) in which the fingers precede the thumb in a downward shift and then the thumb follows but is anathema in “modern” technique in which the hand and thumb move
A good example of “non shifting” would be in the 8th caprice beginning in the 9th measure after the double bar. It is possible to play for almost 11 measures without a shift of the hand if the hand remains basically in the 4th position. Another example would be in caprice 4 starting in measure 17. If the hand is almost in 3rd position, but the fingers extend back at the onset of the passage it is possible to play without shifting and this sets you up for playing the following 10ths.
Is there any literature I can refer to in order to confirm or deny my hypothesis? Thanks
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