Musical geniuses have been honored throughout time. Singers, rock bands, pop bands, lead guitarist and drummers have received recognition for their various performances. The greatest players of the violin have also been honored by different organizations and award giving bodies.
Violinists undergo tremendous preparations and practices for their performances. Unlike singers who belt out their songs, these violinists do not rely on their voice but rather on their ability and their precious violin. Violins have started its success as a musical instrument in Europe. It was given much attention during Charles IX existence that this attention has fueled artists to learn how to play the violin.
This article is aimed at giving tribute and honor to the greatest violinist of all time. One of the great violinists is Alessandro Rolla. Rolla was born in April 22, 1757 in Pavia, Italy. He was highly regarded in his time as a violinist, a composer and a teacher. Nonetheless, many people have said his claim to fame was being the teacher of Niccolo Paganini. While it is true that Rolla was Paganini’s teacher, it is not right that he be restricted to that definition. Paganini’s techniques like left-hand pizzicato, chromatic ascending and descending scales, high positions on violin and viola and octave passages were introduced by Rolla.
Rolla had his first public appearance as a soloist when he was 15. He studied under Gian Andrea Fioroni who was a prominent musician in Milan. Rolla was very much involved in opera and spend his time conducting for certain operas. He became the main viola of the Ducale Orchestra and he conducted and performed as a soloist. He was a big influence on Paganini’s music. His works were highly appreciated as shown in the articles and review of the Leipziger Zeitung.
One of the greatest violinists is Niccolo Paganini. He was an Italian composer and a violinist. He contributed many luminous and drastic innovations in violin technique that are still praised up to this day. He was born on October 27, 1782 in Genoa, Italy. At the age of seven, he began playing the violin due to the instructions of his father. Paganini was an instant success when he delivered his first solo concert when he was 12.
After staging his concert, he further studied playing the violin to optimize his potentials. He studied under Giovanni Servetto and even had the chance to meet the great violinist Alessandro Rolla. He played his violin for Rolla hoping that Rolla will teach him techniques. Rolla told Paganini that he has nothing to teach for him because he is already good. Paganini had the choice to stop there as much as Rolla has complimented him. Nonetheless, he didn’t stop studying and practicing playing the violin and engaged himself in self-study.
He pushed himself to be the greatest violinist ever and practice 15 hours a day. Paganini’s 24 Caprices is regarded as the most difficult music ever composed. Paganini’s ability enabled him to play lyrical passages, fast scales and wide interval arpeggios.
These violinists are only some of the notable violinist of their time. Many great violinists have emerged in different generations but these two violinists have created a great impact on the lives of others. They are people who have proved the worth of a violinist and the value of a violin.