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31 July 2018, 14:30
Turns out, this étude looks as beautiful as it sounds
Liszt's short piano piece ‘La Campanella’ takes a melody from Paganini's Second Violin Concerto. And with that sort of ancestry, it's no surprise this is one of the most difficult piano pieces ever written.
The nickname ‘La Campanella’ means little bell and you can hear the bell effect in the high repeated notes in the right hand. (In Paganini's original there is an actual handbell.)
YouTube user Rousseau has created this visually stunning video of a performance of the work using a reactive visualizer. We are… really very hypnotised by it.