Christine Hoppe’s Der Schatten Paganinis. Virtuosität in Kompositionen von Violinvirtuosen am Beispiel Heinrich Wilhelm Ernsts (1814 – 1865) [Paganini’s shadow: Virtuosity in the compositions of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1814 – 1865)], whose publication by Olms-Verlag Hildesheim was signaled below, has now actually appeared in print, and can be purchased either from Amazon or directly from the publishers. The book’s appearance is an important scholarly event, and it significantly advances our understanding of Ernst as a virtuoso and composer. Amongst other achievements, Hoppe gives the most detailed and accurate catalogue so far of Ernst’s compositions (including album leaves and entries in autograph books), and has discovered several new pieces (including two early and charming songs).
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