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Il Diavolo

By Jordi Cervello

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Violin and piano
Composed by Jordi Cervello. Published by Editorial de Musica Boileau (BO.B.3673).

Item Number: BO.B.3673

It is a work for violin and piano inspired directly by Paganini's Capriccio No. 13, known as "La risata del diavolo" and one of the most renowned capriccios from the series of twenty-four composed by the celebrated Genovese violinist and composer. In my version for violin and piano, I have singled out the two essential features of the work: the third notes on a double string that emulate the devil's laughter, and the quick eighth notes that follow, all of it within a light and humorous chromaticism.

Il diavolo begins with a slow and fragmented but suggestive violin cadenza. It then follows the Allegro deciso, built on the two features mentioned above. In the central part, yet another violin cadenza of a similar character but which recalls the devil's laughter more evidently. The Allegro deciso goes on up to a carefree and virtuosic finale.

The work is dedicated to violinist Jesus Reina.

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