Professor Katharina Uhde
Arts and Sciences
Niccolo Paganini's 24 Caprices (1817) have exerted a great influence on subsequent composers and performers, including Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt. Caprice No. 24 not only provided technical improvement on the violin by highlighting new techniques, but it also contributed to technical improvement and excellence on the saxophone, as visible in arrangements for saxophone in recent decades, including Raaf Hekkema's arrangement (2010). This research is three-pronged: I investigate the piece itself on the basis of Dana Gooley (2013), Jonathan Kregor (2013), and Maiko Kawabata (2013); I investigate existing arrangements of Caprice No. 24 including Raaf Hekkema's, explicating their processes and choices; and I make my own arrangement, motivating and highlighting my process and what I consider brings out the most important performative and musical-stylistic elements of the original. My research includes excerpt demonstrations of my own arrangement of Caprice No. 24.
Engstrom, Marcus, "Niccolo Paganini's Caprice No. 24 for Saxophone" (2022). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1031.