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Paganini's Caprice 24
I was introduced to this as a student piece ...
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I'm into my second year playing the violin and have a read a book by Coetzee, "Violin:  An Easy Guide ..."  and the book rather innocently includes a piece "Theme & 1st Variation" taken from Variazioni di Bravura from Caprice No. 24.

It's just a one page sample and I have managed to get it down.  It's a very pleasing tune and not too hard -- if played slowly.  I looked it up on YouTube and found this,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....pnIrE7_1YA

The page in the book is just the first 24 measures and as you can see, it can be played very fast.

Clearly a piece to learn and grow with.

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This song is on my bucket list...

 

I love it. I love Hilary's precision.  She just gets me all goosebumpy everytime.  David Garrets version is very stellar also.  J. Heifetz and I. Perlman...(sp??) ......  oh my stars.... I have bought most versions by the greats and play them to narrate my morning quite often.

 

ITS just amazing. I listened to all 24 Caprices by Pag, the other morning with coffee and I found many of them to be as enchanting.  But 24 is the one that I am most familiar with it.  Maybe in 2 years... I can  start my Caprice 24 journey.

Thanks for posting.  I never ever get tired hearing this one. 

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Wow, thanks for sharing @PopFiddle. I can't believe that this piece (even a sample of it!) was included in an "Easy Guide"!!

After watching some videos on Paganini mentioned here, I started reading this blog whose author attempts to play Paganini's 24th Caprice over the span of a year. (I haven't finished reading it yet so I don't know whether he was successful!)

I know that Fiddlerman has a copy of the complete caprices here - I can barely make head nor tail of them! I can hardly figure out where the 24th starts! (I think it's on p. 42???) Certainly a 'bucket list' piece indeed @coolpinkone Congratulations on being able to play through the first page @PopFiddle!

I'd be interested to know whether the version included in "Violin: An Easy Guide" was simplified at all. The reviews of the book look pretty mixed on Amazon. How did you find it/how are you finding it @PopFiddle?

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@PopFiddle 

I ordered this book today.  Thanks for the tip.   :)

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Please let me know what you think of it @coolpinkone - I'm interested in the book but shipping is really expensive for me, so I'd love to know if it's worth it!

On the topic of the blog I previously mentioned, I found a book at the library today called "Play it Again: An amateur against the impossible" which is about a guy who decided to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 for piano in a year...

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Oh - I found a cheap copy of "Violin: An Easy Guide..." at betterworldbooks.com with free shipping - have just ordered! thumbs-up

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My copy of "Violin: An easy guide..." arrived yesterday, and I LOVE it! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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@RedViolin 

I am glad you got your book. It is quite nice don't you think.   I haven't played anything from it... but my book was like one cent.  I can't recall the shipping.. like 3-4 dollars. 

I am happy I got it.  Lots of info... I like the composer back grounds and the illustrations as well. 

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Oh wow @coolpinkone, that is amazing! I'm not in the US, so shipping is generally very expensive for me. When I first discovered Amazon I found a bunch of books for 1c etc. but when it came to shipping, I was going to have to pay around $20 per item. It turned out much cheaper to buy them new in my country (where available) rather than second hand from the US/UK. So sites like Better World Books are a lifesaver for me as I can pay reasonable prices for second hand books and get free shipping. I think I paid around $8 for my book, and I'm happy with it (an ex-library book but in fabulous condition).

I agree, the composer backgrounds are really fascinating, and I'm learning a lot from the 'playing notes' - I think this will change how I approach new pieces. 🙂

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I am glad you have the book. I really like it.   I haven't played from it.  I am notorious for buying violin text books and music for my collection.   I think I will put a not on my 35 day challenge to actually work a practice each session from the book. From the beginning.

That being said.  I need to do that with my Essentials books also. 

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Good idea @coolpinkone. I have played the first piece, Andante, a few times, and think it is a good challenge for my level, as well as giving the bit trickier version of Minuet 1 a go, but I think that's about all I can muster for now. The next piece, Bourree, I'm struggling to find a good sample of on YouTube, and I am getting nowhere with the more advanced Minuet, so I think I might retreat to the Suzuki book again for a while! But I do really like this book, especially the way it incorporates information about the composers and suggests ways of approaching the music.thumbs-up

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@RedViolin I meant to get into the book this weekend. I didn't get a chance.

I was working on Ashokan and Minuet this weekend and a Fiddle Tune. 

I also re - arranged my violin playing space with my electric. 

I hope to play from the book this week.  I will keep you posted.

Cheers.

Toni

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Wow @coolpinkone, sounds like you had a busy weekend of violin! Do let me know what you think of it when you get a chance to play from the book Toni, I hope you like it! laugh

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Ok, I'm going to try and play (at least the start!) from An Easy Guide this year 🙂

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redviolin looking forward to hearing about what you think of that version.  I have it "out" and it is beckoning me.. I just don't know if it is in my capabilities.  I might see if my NY buddy can play it for me so I get a sense of it and then I will have a better shot at it. 

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coolpinkone, it's not too bad if you play slowly...

I've muddled my way through the first bit, but the second part I am finding tricky because it seems to be quite different to the recordings I've heard. (I can't work out which bit it's supposed to correspond to on https://fiddlerman.com/wp-cont.....mplete.pdf If you can get your friend to play it I'm sure that would be a great help!cheerleader

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redviolin  I did get it out and muddle through the first part.. which is quite familiar.  I too got a bit lost later on in the piece.

I gave me a bit of a thrill to play the first notes though... (big time)

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