Faculty Sponsor

Professor Katharina Uhde


Arts and Sciences


Music, Saxophone

ORCID Identifier(s)


Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-28-2022


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.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Marcus Engstrom is a senior music, mathematics, and physics major at Valparaiso University. He plays saxophone and is a student of Dr. Stacy Maugans, currently studying with Dr. Carolyn Bryan.