One of the first CDs I purchased as a teenager featured Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto. I don’t remember the soloist, but I think she or he played alongside the Hungarian Philharmonic. The Concerto remains a favorite and an inspiration – I’ve watched several YouTube performances of the piece, and am enamored of Sarah Chang’s simultaneous boldness and grace. I have not mentioned my own bold aspiration to pluck away at this piece for the rest of my life to my teacher yet – it’s crazy audacious and premature to be thinking about it. After all, Paganini remains one of the most celebrated violinists in history; he wrote his music to highlight his immense talents. And I can’t even read music.
Along the lines of beginner overreach, there’s some chance I’ll be coming into possession of a new instrument. New to me at least. I don’t want to say much because I don’t know much, but it’s a family instrument that was last actively played in the mid-1950s. It was of a decent enough quality at the time, but until I get it and have it looked at by professionals I will know nothing concrete, including if it’s even still playable. I can’t help but be a bit hopeful, but I’m also intimidated. I would not be considering purchasing any instrument, let alone one above the student grades, for quite some time. At present, there’s nothing I can do that my student grade rental cannot adequately handle, and that will be true for a while! Sound production potential aside, this violin is sure pretty in pictures.
For now, having a violin that’s up to producing Paganini seems a more reasonable aspiration than actually playing the piece.
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