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composition / solos / selections from 24 caprices, op. 1

24 caprices, op. 1 by niccoló paganini

Medium: Solo Marimba
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 1999 (orig. composed in 1801-1807)
Duration: 10:30
Difficulty: Grade V-VI

Instrumentation:
5-octave marimba (originally for violin)
4-mallet

look inside

No. 1 in E Major
No. 2 in B Minor
No. 5 in A Minor

listen

24 Caprices, Op. 1, Nos. 1, 2 & 5 (Paganini) for Solo Marimba by Nathan Daughtrey
Download mp3 files: No. 1 in E Major | No. 2 in B Minor | No. 5 in A Minor

Nathan Daughtrey, marimba

NOTES

Composed between 1801 and 1807, Niccolò Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Op.1 for solo violin are some of the most technically demanding in the repertoire. Each caprice highlights particular virtuosic violin techniques, such as cross-string arpeggios, left-hand pizzicato, double-stop harmonics and ‘ricochet’ bowings. These two selections adapt extremely well to the marimba and, in turn, showcase many of the virtuosic four-mallet techniques found in contemporary marimba performance.