Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Anthony Ward

 

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

 

Apparelled in ethereal garb,

He takes to the stage,

Towering above the audience,

A mere figure of himself,

Embodying a caricature.

His diabolical appearance

Hypnotising them with virtuosity,

Contorting compositions with resounding impossibilities,

Astounding animosity of admiration,

Creating pandemonium through mystique of phantom scores,

Deified in league with the devil,

Producing heavenly sounds

That has the audience fainting,

Vanishing with music,

Wondering if they’d imagined it.

 

This poem is about Paganini who was the original rock star of the time. But rather than having the audience rocking, he had them hypnotised, not only by his music but by his appearance. Tall and forebodingly dressed in black, he would play the violin like the devil himself, which left the audience unable to believe what they saw

 

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