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Paganini's Guitar Sonatas
Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) was one of the greatest virtuosos, of any instrument, of any time. Today he is most famous for his violin music. However, he wrote a large amount of music for the guitar. This goal of this Hub is to introduce readers to Paganini's 37 Guitar Sonatas, as well as his "Gran Sonata".
My first introduction to Paganini's Guitar Sonatas was in the Royal Conservatory of Music's Level 3 Guitar Series. The first movement of Sonata 26 appears there. I had a blast learning to play it. Here is a video of it being performed:
Recordings and Sheet Music for Paganini's Guitar Sonatas
You can buy a recording of all of Paganini's guitar sonatas from Amazon. I actually own the recording by Elio Rimondi listed below. You can also purchase the sheet music which I link to as well.
Paganini Guitar Sonatas: CD and Sheet Music
Other Paganini Sonatas
While I do not have room to include videos of all of Paganini's Sonatas, here is a video of the Waltz from Sonata 9.
Paganini Guitar Sonata #9
Paganini's Grand Sonata
Perhaps the most famous Guitar Sonata that Paganini wrote is the "Grand Sonata", which might (I am not sure) actually be a duet with violin. I have heard recordings of it both solo and with violin. So at least it can be played as a solo piece! Here are all 3 movements of Paganini's "Grand Sonata".