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Paganini, Niccolo

Born: 1782 AD
Died: 1840 AD
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1782 – He was born on the 27th day of October this year in Genoa, Italy.


1787 – Paganini first learned to play the mandolin from his father at the age of five, moved to the violin by the age of seven, and began composing before he turned eight. He gave his first public concert at the age of 12.


1798 – In his early teens, he studied under various teachers, including Giovanni Servetto and Alessandro Rolla, but he could not cope well with his success; and at the age of 16, he was gambling and drinking. An unknown woman, who took him to her estate where he recovered and studied the violin for three years, saved his career.


1805 – He reappeared when he was 23, becoming director of music to Napoleon’s sister Elisa Baciocchi, Princess of Lucca, when he was not touring. He soon became a legend for his unparalleled mastery of the violin, with debuts in Milan in 1813, Vienna 1828 and both London and Paris in 1831.


1833 – This year in Paris, he commissioned a viola concerto from Hector Berlioz, who produced Harold in Italy for him, but Paganini never played it.


1834 – His health deteriorated due to Mercury poisoning by the mercury compound used regularly.The disease caused him to lose the ability to play violin, and he retired in this year.


1840 – He died of throat cancer on the 27th day of May this year in Nice, France at age 57.

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