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The biography of Nicoḷ Paganini

October 27, 1782 - May 27, 1840
Classical Period

Nicoḷ Paganini was a famous violinist and composer born in Genoa, Italy in 1782. He worked as a freelance musician and touring virtuoso for much of his adult career, but retired in 1834 due to chronic illness. He was born with Marfan syndrome. He revived some forgotten techniques of showmanship on the violin which helped make him a successful virtuoso. Many of his playing techniques are still taught today. Though he was clearly a solo artist, Paganini did write some string concertos. His famous works include Violin Concertos 1 & 2.

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