Paganini: the life behind the legend

Martin Cullingford22nd Sep 2011

Nupen film explores the controversial musician

Christopher Nupen's film features some of the many drawings of Paganini.
For Nupen, the illustrations and caricatures conveyed the musician's charisma
'As I looked at them, this person sprang out of the pages at me', says Nupen.
The film also draws on quotations from both admirers and detractors of Paganini.
...among the latter were those who accused him of being in league with the devil
Paganini played on his reputation, becoming ever more famous (and wealthy)...
...though ultimately died, aged 57, an isolated figure.
'Sell all you possess, pawn everything, but go to hear him...
'...This is the most astounding, the most surprising, the most wonderful...'
and the most unexpected thing that ever happened...
François Castil-Blaze
'Paganini’s Daemon: A Most Enduring Legend' is released by Allegro films on DVD

Niccolò Paganini, the celebrated virtuoso violinist, was probably the most famous soloist to have ever lived. He was quite possibly one of the most controversial too, not to mention wealthiest (in one season alone he earned enough to buy his weight in gold). In his new film Paganini’s Daemon: A Most Enduring Legend, director Christopher Nupen –  widely acclaimed for his skill at using film to communicate the essence of music-making – explores the musician's life, using drawings, paintings and caricatures to tell the soloist's story. You can see some of those illustrations, together with stills from the film, in our online gallery.

TO LAUNCH THE GALLERY, SIMPLY CLICK THE FIRST IMAGE BELOW

Paganini’s Daemon: A Most Enduring Legend is released by Allegro Films on DVD on September 26.

Images: Allegro Films by courtesy of The Paganini Institute, Genoa (apart from final image: Allegro Films by courtesy of Andrew McGee)

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