Paganini Sonata No. 12 E Minor
I have the International Music edition. Was this piece originally for the violin and guitar? Are there clues that Paganini composed the piece on either the violin or guitar or both? I was curious if he used the guitar to compose in a similar fashion as his contemporary Berlioz (who I’ve read did not study the piano).
As I searched through Imslp , the original version might be violin and guitar. The Violin and Piano version might be arranged by other editors. But I am not sure because I can't much info about it , hope this helps!
Paganini did play some piano as well, but he was famous during his lifetime for his guitar playing.
According to the sleeve-note/booklet for the old Ricci recording, this was originally for violin and guitar. I remember this from the LP when I was a student, and it's reaffirmed in the booklet for the CD reissue.
Virtually All Paganini chamber music has a guitar in it.
Paganini's Opus 2 and 3 comprise two sets of sonatas for violin and guitar, with 6 sonatas in each set. The only sonata of the twelve that is in E minor is Op 3 Nr 6. I think that may be the one Raymond is referring to.
Thanks Trevor. Yes, that's correct. On imslp.org, I found the E minor sonata (Opus 3) in a collection of six sonatas published by Ricordi. According to this edition, these sonatas were composed and dedicated to a girl named Eleonora.
Raymond, I've not heard this before, but it's an interesting observation. I would hazard a guess that one of them might have been Op130. It has been described as a divertamento on the most exalted level - could also be considered as a 'suite' a la Baroque. Movements 2-4 and the replacement finale all have some characteristics of dance, as per a Baroque suite, and the Cavatina reminds one commentator of Bach in it's solemnity, depth and restrained expression. And the Grosse Fuge is of course a fugue, though most un-baroque.
Raymond, I cannot find any trace on IMSLP.org of the scores of Paganini's Op 2 and 3. Mysterious. I seem to remember seeing them on that website some time ago, so perhaps they have been removed for some reason (or my memory is at fault).
Mattias, many thanks for that very useful information. It shows another way of of finding one's way around the maze that is IMSLP!
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