Why Paganini Was so Wonderful Playing the Violin?

The violin is one of the musical instruments that inspires more feelings, with its sweet melodies and arrangements. It has the most varied and best sounds to give life to beautiful compositions. Today we will talk about who is considered the best violinist in the world, going through the story of his life and all the things he faced on the road to glory.

Niccolo Paganini

Niccolo Paganini is considered by many experts of music as one of the greatest and most important musicians in all history.  Paganini was born in Genoa on October 27, 1782. He was not only the best violinist in all of history, but also a remarkable and outstanding musician, inspiration for many other musicians from all over the world. In addition to playing violin, he could play the viola, the guitar and also stood out in the area of ​​musical composition.

Niccolo Paganini
Niccolo Paganini

His first steps with music

Paganini’s connection with music began at the age of 5, when his father began to teach him to play the mandolin, only two years later he began to practice violin. To master his talent, his father would have forced him to practice more than 10 hours a day. At 9 years old, the virtuoso  makes his first public appearance, and only 4 years later he prepares for a tour through several cities of Lombardy.

How did Paganini succeed as a musician

As we already mentioned, he is considered the best violinist in the world, but what not many people know is that his great success is due, in large part, to a rare physical condition. This condition is known as the Marfan syndrome.

How did Paganini succeed as a musician
How did Paganini succeed as a musician

The Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder in which the tissue responsible for the connection of the nerves is altered, making the limbs longer and thinner. In Paganini’s case his fingers were not longer than normal, but they were much more flexible, which allowed him to be able to change the position of his fingers during the interpretation of his music more easily. Thanks to this natural movement, his talent increased and he became the best violinist in the world.

A diabolic but funny myth about Paganini

Myths began in music schools in Europe, in which the extraordinary talent of Niccolo Paganini was justified because the musician had sold his soul to the devil. In fact, they called him “the composer of the devil“. Two were the versions, first it was said that it was his mother who was given this option, it is said that the devil appeared to him in a dream and he himself assured him that Niccolo, who was only 5 years old, he would have a worldwide success and would be a virtuoso of the violin, in exchange for giving him his soul. The other version says that it is the same young Paganini who kneels down and, before the devil, says an oath in which he gives his soul if the devil promises to make him play like a true angel.