Let's talk about classic music from
a turn-of-the-century composer.
And by 'turn of the century', my little pretties,
I mean the turn of the nineteenth century.
The composer? Why, none other than Niccolo
Paganini, who was certainly a proto-prog
musician, if there ever was one.
His astonishing violin virtuosity notwithstanding,
he lived a life that we would today describe
as that of a rock star, overindulging in sex,
alcohol, drugs and serious, classical
composition and concerts.
Before he descended into personal chaos and
financial ruin, he graced the world with original
music that was so far ahead of its time, many
thought his more challenging works
to be near-musical heresy.
Caprice No. 24 is the final caprice of his
24 Caprices, and is one of the most famously
difficult pieces ever written for violin soloists,
featuring a main theme, eleven astounding
theme variations and a brief finale.
Performed by the great Jascha Heifetz
(whose grandson is Danny Heifetz,
drummer for Dieselhed and most
notably, Mr. Bungle), here's a
live performance, filmed in
beautiful black and white,
following a picture, taken while
I recorded with members of the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
and other elite TO musicians.
I'm just a lucky guy.
Mozz the Elder