PDF EBook by John Sugden

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I first picked up this book back in 1990 when I was enthralled with applying Paganini's virtuoso techniques to guitar. Paganini PDF EBook At that time I read the entire book and was much impressed with it. Recently my interest in Paganini has returned so I naturally decided to re- PDFread this book to re-acquaint myself with this unique musical personality.

I became more acquainted with disappointment than with Paganini. In 1990 my ideas about writing style, historical comprehensiveness, and, well, just what an overall good book is, were not quite as refined as they are today. Back then I had read nothing about Paganini, save for the brief blurbs you get from recital program notes and prefatory editor's notes in sheet music. After having read the book then I certainly knew alot more about Paganini's life, and even a smidgen of his times.

These days, however, after reading the book, I can't say I really 're-acquainted' myself with Paganini or his times; download; a bit more detail was filled in on the information I recalled from my reading years ago, and that's about it. It's not all negative, though. I enjoyed the numerous prints, fascimilies, and photographs throughout the book; and I enjoyed the tales of Paganini's supernatural mystique, his legendary technique, and his flamboyant showmanship; his superstitions and 'magic elixer' guzzling, supposed diabolical dealings with the devil, and his gypsy associations. This all makes for entertaining reading.

But the entertainment ends quick enough when it's couched in the midst of poor type-set, disorganized and often redundant narrative, and the author's frequent insertion of boorish and trite opinions. The result is a choppy, amateurish, wearisome attempt at music history. Adding to this problem is the fact that the majority of the text is just collected from other sources, be they from 19th century correspondance and articles or other secondary sources. None of this is properly cited so you don't get a smoothly written piece of secondary literature which weaves in pertinent primary source material at the relevant juncture. Instead you get whole blocks of narrative, some of which is entirely out of chronological order, such as when we finally learn of pertinent details of the young Paganini when the maestro is at his deathbed! (I suppose this is, perhaps, the author's way of trying to ease the sometimes perceived tedium and perdictability of a strict chronology, and I can appreciate this. But if this is what the author was doing, he didn't do a good job, in my humble opinion.)

One final complaint: There is virtually nothing in here about Paganini's love affair with the guitar (an instrument for which he wrote a number of pieces). Paganini's guitar works, save for a couple of nice pieces, are nothing special, but he still considered the guitar an instrument worthy of serious composition.

This book is essentially the same book of a different title—by the same author—written a year or so before this one. That book is called, "Niccolo Paganini: Supreme Violinist or Devil's Fiddler?".

Look, this is not a scholarly work; Sugden is not a professional music historian. If you know nothing about Paganini, and you can take this sort of half-fast, sophmoric writing, then you'll certainly learn something. But there are better sources out there, I'm sorry to say. Like this book? Read online this: Baby's Very First Animals Book. Author, Jenny Tyler, I racconti di Pietroburgo.

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