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Devil´s Trill Sonata

Devil´s Trill Sonata

The young Giuseppe Tartini studied the humanities, rhetoric and music, but he may not have taken his studies too seriously, for most of the time he was seen on the fencing floor.

 

When, in 1710, contrary to the wishes of his parents, who had planned a spiritual career for him, he married his mistress, who was two years his senior, this caused him massive problems with the local clergy. So he fled to the monastery of S. Francesco in Assisi and devoted himself to violin playing and composition studies.

After this period of retreat, he first became an orchestral musician before becoming known as a conductor and composer.

 

His most important work is the “Teufelstrillersonate”, about which he once said: “One night I dreamed that I had made a pact with the devil around my soul. Everything went according to my command, my new servant recognized all my wishes in advance. Then the thought came to me to leave him my fiddle and to see what he would do with it. How great was my astonishment when I heard him play a sonata of such exquisite beauty with perfect skill that my boldest expectations were exceeded. I was delighted, enraptured and enchanted; my breath stopped and I awoke. Then I reached for my violin and tried to understand the sounds. But in vain. The piece I wrote may be the best I have ever composed, but it falls far short of what I heard in my dream.”

 

 

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