For almost twenty years starting around 1807, Niccolò Paganini toured Italy as a violin virtuso, astouding audiences by playing without sheet music as he pranced about the stage. His performances were must see concerts as he tore down the conventions of classical music protocols. No one had ever seen a composer play his own music like he was possessed by the Devil himself.
In 1828, at the age of 46 he was ready to conquer the rest of Europe, which he did beginning with a performance in Vienna. In Part 2 of our look at Paganini, we trace the final chapters of his remarkable life and musical legacy.