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In furthering his image as an almost supernaturally talented virtuoso, Paganini took few, if any, steps to correct the sensational rumors about him. He knew that they were good for business. Beyond his famous Caprices, which live a double life as technical etudes and concert showpieces, Paganini composed prolifically. His works include both showpieces for his own performance and chamber music for publication. Later in his career, he took up the viola as an alternate instrument. Also, from youth onward, he also had a serious interest in the guitar, writing over a hundred works for solo guitar and guitar quartet. While he never did take up the trumpet, Paganini’s “perpetual motion” etude has been transcribed for practically every instrument willing to take a stab at its lightning-quick, finger-twisting tempo

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John Adams: Short ride in a fast machine
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle, cond. — Harmonielehre (EMI Classics, 1994)
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John Adams: Short ride in a fast machine
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle, cond. — Harmonielehre (EMI Classics, 1994)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio: These Damnable Whelps
Les Arts Florissants/William Christie — The Abduction from the Seraglio (Erato, 1999)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata, Op. 53
Maurizo Pollini, piano — Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Dg Imports, 1998)
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Arthur Honegger: Pacific 231
Orch de Capitole de Toulouse/Michel Plasson, cond. — Pacific 231/Horace Victorieux (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations: Excerpts
Glenn Gould, piano — A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (Sony, 2002)
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Kurt Weill: The Lindbergh Flight: Excerpts
Cologne Pro Musica/Jan Lathan-König, cond — Kurt Weill: Der Lindbergflug (Capriccio, 1995)
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Carl Stalling: There they go go go...
Warner Bros' Studio Orchestra — The Carl Stalling Project: Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons, 1936-1958 (Warner Bros / Wea, 1990)
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György Ligeti: Etudes: The Devil’s Staircase; Coloana Infinita
Toros Can, piano — György Ligeti: Etudes (L'empreinte Digitale, 2005)
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Gilbert and Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance: I am the very model of a modern Major General
John Reed/D'Oyly Carte Opera Company — The Ultimate Gilbert & Sullivan Collection (Decca, 1998)
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Bud Powell: Un Poco loco; Bud on Bach
Bud Powell, piano/Curly Russell, bass/Max Roach, drums — The Best of Powell (Blue Note Records, 1989)
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Nicolo Paganini: Perpetual Motion
Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet/Alexander Markovich, piano — Sergei Nakariakov - Carmen Fantasy (Teldec, 1995)
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Kyle Gann: Studies for Disklavier
Kyle Gann, piano — Nude Rolling Down an Escalator: Studies for Disklavier (New World Records, 2005)
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Chuck Berry: Maybellene; Too much monkey business
Chuck Berry — The Chess Box :Chuck Berry (Chess, 1988)
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