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🎻♫♪ – Violin Sonata in G minor, “The Devil’s Trill” by Giuseppe Tartini

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102/501Title: Violin Sonata in G minor, “The Devil’s Trill”
Composer: Giuseppe Tartini
Nationality: Italian
Year:
1765

I am not entirely sure where the idea of the devil being a fiddle player came from. Like how I am not sure about him later being related to the guitar. Is there something innately satanic about a string instrument? Or maybe the violin was the vagabond instrument of the past. 

Anyway, this doesn’t have too much to do with today’s piece – other than it supposedly being based on a dream that Tartini had and him trying to replicate the piece. A bit like ‘Tribute’ by Tenacious D, but less comedic and more complex violin solos. 

Okay, so this post is reading like a weird troll of what is a really good piece for an accomplished violin soloist. It’s interesting to note that this is Tartini’s only piece on the classical list – especially weird in this era of composers where you have nearly all of them with a wealth of entries. I wonder if this entry is down to it influencing and being included as a base in a number of future compositions.