la Campanella - Franz Liszt - Niccolo Paganini

La Campanella
(Franz Liszt — Niccolo Paganini)

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La Campanella
by Franz Liszt – Niccolo Paganini

Poster La Campanella

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.