Paganiniana (Casella)

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Paganiniana Op.50, is a divertimento for orchestra composed in 1942 by Alfredo Casella and based on themes of Niccolò Paganini. The piece was composed to honor the centenary of the Vienna Philharmonic, which gave its premiere in March 1942, under the direction of Karl Böhm. It is in four movements:

I. Allegro agitato
II. Polachetta
III. Romanza
IV. Tarantella.

The first movement is meant to portray the "satanic spirit of the great violinist", and uses four main themes, taken from Paganini's Caprices Nos. 5, 12, 16, and 19. The second, more melancholy, movement is derived from Paganini's Quartet No. 4 for violin, viola, cello, and guitar. The third movement takes its subject from an unpublished work, appearing first as a duet for solo violin and clarinet. The finale is taken once again from the quartet, borrowing also from an unpublished dance for violin and small orchestra.

Other -ana works[edit]

For a list of other works in which a composer paid tribute to another composer by using their name in conjunction with the suffix -ana, see -ana.