Nicolo Paganini

Apr 29, 2013

Nicolo Paganini by Richard James Lane, 1831
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Nicólo Paganini has been called the greatest violinist of the 19th century and was said to have made a pact with the Devil to achieve his great ability. 

However, he was a voracious gambler, and lost a valuable Amati violin as a result of this vice, ultimately replacing it with one made by Guarneri, of no small importance.

He called it his “cannon violin” due to its explosive sound.