Niccolò Paganini – Caprice no.24

Niccolò Paganini’s 24 Caprices for Solo Violin have become somewhat of a benchmark for virtuoso musicians and although they might seem like “party piece” compositions, they stand out for me as being the archetype of classical violin technique.

Still today, two hundred years after their publication, violinists, cellists, guitarists and anybody else that wants to set a standard has worked to master these pieces.

Simply extraordinary.

Listen to a wonderful rendition of #24 on violin here.

Listen to an old demo of Jason Becker playing #5 here (poor quality but incredible talent).

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