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To the Editor:—
The article on Paganini by Drs. Richard D. Smith and John W. Worthington (199: 820, 1967) is an excellent contribution not only to the reputation of the great violinist but to medicine. That such a cadaverous, freakish, harassed individual turned out to be one of the world's greatest violinists is miraculous indeed.One item, which needs more light, is debatable. In the secord paragraph the authors state: "He was a talented composer also; but we are less familiar with his compositions because they are seldom performed, owing partly to the extraordinary difficulties imposed upon the artist."I am the proud possessor of three recordings of his violin concertos played flawlessly and beautifully by Menuhin. The finale of the second violin concerto in B minor, the rondo, is as enchantingly beautiful as it is difficult. Paganini's contemporary, the great pianist Franz Liszt, was so fascinated by the scintillating
Miller JW. Notes on Paganini. JAMA. 1967;201(2):142–143. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130020088032
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