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Topic: Variations on Paganini's 24th Caprice  (Read 3953 times)

Offline sagenwc

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Variations on Paganini's 24th Caprice
on: March 07, 2004, 02:59:01 AM
I'm crazy about variations on that melody.  I'm hoping to collect every variations out there.  I prefer classical versions, but other genres are good too (like Jazz and whatnot).Here's what I have so far:

Paganini: Caprice No. 24, Op. 1
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Book 1 & 2
Liszt: Grande Etude de Paganini no. 6
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations (for two pianos)
Szymanowski: Three Paganini Caprices, Op. 40, no. 3
Lloyd Webber: Variations
Rochberg: 50 Caprices
Blacher: Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Muczynski: Desperate Measures--Paganini Variations

What else is out there?
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Re: Variations on Paganini's 24th Caprice
Reply #1 on: March 07, 2004, 03:33:33 AM
liszt composed 2 versions

fazil say composed awesome variations on this theme

the velocissimo pianist ignaz friedman composed his own variations

the amazing contemporary composer Lowell Liebermann has composed a rhapsody on a theme of paganini, and i presume it is this theme


there must be something special about this theme, there are so *** many variations on it!

aside from compositions, i have tried improvising with this theme, the chord progression is so flexible, and you can have lots of fun playing around with the tune.
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Re: Variations on Paganini's 24th Caprice
Reply #2 on: March 11, 2004, 06:11:48 PM
berkovici has a "variations on a theme by paganini" as well.

also - among those you mentioned there are some i haven't heard (Szymanowski: Three Paganini Caprices, Op. 40, no. 3, Lloyd Webber: Variations, Rochberg: 50 Caprices, Blacher: Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Muczynski: Desperate Measures--Paganini Variations ). what level are these? and, in case there is anything easy or intermediate, would you send me copy please? i'm desperately looking all over the web for underplayed (here) works for my students - all i have is what i'm playing, and it's no good... thanks in advance.

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Re: Variations on Paganini's 24th Caprice
Reply #3 on: March 12, 2004, 02:31:36 AM
I am sorry to say that of all these piece, only the Muczynski is for piano.  The Szymanowski is more chamber music, Lloyd Webber is Cello (and other various more pop-instruments), Rochberg is for either violin or guitar, and Blacher is orchestral.

Here's some information on Muczynski:

Desperate measures : Paganini variations : for piano, op. 48
Place/Publisher-- Bryn Mawr, Pa. : T. Presser
Manufacturer No.-- 410-41307 ; T. Presser

I hope the information is sufficient.  Just go to this site https://www.presser.com/Catalog/Sales/main.html and type in the manufacturer number and you should find the piece.  I have seen a copy in the UC Berkeley music library.  It is a fairly advanced piece, but I think it is extremely doable.  Too bad that I am not a music major and has no time to practice.  Very nice piece.  I believe Muczynski has a recording of himself playing this piece.  Could be found in this website: https://www.laurelrecord.com/  It is in his volume two of piano works.

I have played several fairly easy (maybe level 5 or 6 on the CM scale) versions myself.  However, I don't quite remember the composers.  I'll look do a little research and post once I've found these composers.
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