From the opening bars, when the instruments greet each other like friends across a room, the Terzetto concertante is a warm and amiable piece. This may surprise those who think of Paganini as "the devil's fiddler," a soloist who amazed audiences throughout Europe, playing breath-taking works such as the dazzling Violin Concerto No. 1, and inspiring numerous wild legends of superhuman prowess and pacts with the devil. Hardly the creation of a possessed virtuoso, this charming work emphasizes melodic invention and instrumental color rather than sheer virtuosity. On the surface, it sounds similar to guitar pieces by Boccherini; at a deeper level, it reminds one of Mozart in its tonal structure and variation technique. Particularly moving is its Adagio cantabile movement, which carries a tender lyrical charm. In the end, however, Paganini's nonconformist spirit prevails: he violates Classical form with his informal Rondo, which refuses to return to its opening theme.
Description by Peter Bates
- Minuetto - Allegretto vivo
- Adagio - Cantabile con cavata
- Valtz a Rondo - Allegretto con energica
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