(Franz Liszt — Niccolo Paganini)
by Franz Liszt – Niccolo Paganini
“ La Campanella “(Italian for “The little bell”) is the nickname given to the third of Franz Liszt’s six Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141 (1851). It is in the key of G-sharp minor. This piece is a revision of an earlier version from 1838, the Études d’exécution transcendente d’après Paganini, S. 140. Its melody comes from the final movement of Niccolò Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, where the tune was reinforced metaphorically by a ‘little handbell’. The étude is famous for being one of the most difficult pieces ever written for piano.