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9 January 2017, 11:13
His fingers are a blur, and not a violin in sight!
What on earth inspired saxophonist Pedro Rafael Garcia Moreno, otherwise known as Pedrosaxo, to attempt to play, and absolutely master, Niccolò Paganini's Caprice No. 5?
Known by his fans for constantly striving to break both technical and artistic musical boundaries, as well as having a very unique personal style of playing the saxophone, Pedrosaxo has been asked numerous times whether he originally trained as a classical musician. This question was the motivation for this awe-inspiring video below and he definitely proved the extent of his talent.
Paganini's Caprice No. 5, originally composed for violin in the early 19th century, is considered to be one of the most technically difficult pieces for the violin and is known for its incredible speed. Speaking to Classic FM, Pedrosaxo tell us: "in order to play the Paganini like this, it took me several years and I have almost injured my tendons a few times due to the speed at which my fingers had to move. Also, I had to add the circular breathing and the double tonguing because I wanted to mimic a real interpretation of this caprice from a violinist's perspective.". He also admits this is "one of the most exceptional challenges he has ever faced" but a huge personal accomplishment. Oh, did we mention that he plays it all from memory too?
So do you think he has classical training? It's a strong yes from us! Pedrosaxo studied at the Conservatory of Granada, Spain, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, while working as a saxophone professor at Middle Tennessee State University. Furthermore, he isn't only a YouTube sensation - he has appeared as a finalist on Spain's Got Talent and has also performed across the United States, Europe and Asia.
Paganini Caprice No.5 on saxophone
This is amazing