Welcome to the Ether Game Weekly Podcast!Â This week, the Ether Game Brain Trust is going at it alone, as we explore some solo pieces of classical music in a show we're calling "Me, Myself & I."Â Remember to keep your ears out for a portion of Tuesday night's Teaser selection. And don't forget to tune into the full show onÂ Tuesday, October 3rd at 8:00pmÂ for a chance to win a prize!
NicolÃ² Paganini (1782â1840): CAPRICES, OP. 1: No. 1 in E Major
Michael Rabin, violin. Michael Rabin: 1936â1972Â (EMI)
If we're talking about works for unaccompanied solo instruments, you have to talk about Paganini, because he elevated the solo artist to a new level. Paganini was one of the first soloists to tour without a supporting orchestra. When he performed his dazzling displays of virtuosity, he preferred to use his favorite violin: the so-called Il Cannone, or the Cannon. Il Cannone was said to have a powerful sound (hence the name), and was crafted by famed violin maker Guarneri. The story goes that he won the instrument in a difficult sight-reading duel. For many years, Paganini's Caprices were considered some of the most difficult violin pieces in the world, with or without accompaniment. The term "caprice" or "capriccio" usually identifies a piece that is whimsical and short, and most of the caprices clock in at about a minute long.