Violin Podcast Episode

Ep. 2 – Devil’s Trill: Brought to You by Satan

“The Devil’s Trill,” as the Tartini Devil’s Trill Sonata (The Violin Sonata in G minor, Bg.5) is often known, has captured imaginations since it was first published in 1799.

On his deathbed, Guiseppe Tartini revealed the “devilish” inspiration behind his famous Sonata in G minor. Paganini, on the other hand, refused his last rites—then remained unburied for 36 years. What secrets do these famous musicians have in common?

Episode 2, “Brought to you by Satan,” has the answers.



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Guido of Arezzo

What is “The Devil in Music?”

Have you ever heard of the “Devil in Music?” You’re right, it’s over the top. We didn’t make it up.

You’ve heard plenty about the devilish underside of music on Backstage Podcast thus far. We’ve covered the “Devil’s Trill Sonata,” and we’ve opined about the mysterious post-death experience of Nicolai Paganini. Our most recent episode deals with the creepy (and fun) “Dance of Death.” And now, we bring to you the most devilish thing of all…

“The Devil in Music” itself.

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Danse Macabre

4-Dancing Bones and Xylophones


Join us as we explore the devilish imagery in the music itself and the dark history that gave birth to such a grotesque myth. Actually, the music itself is fun and playful. The history? Not so much.

Listen Up: Devil’s Trill Sonata

If you want to hear the piece of music that Tartini attributed to Satan himself, here it is! If you haven’t listened to our second episode, “Brought to You by Satan,” you can subscribe here on iTunes or listen online here.

Barber of Seville Composer: Who Wrote the Barber of Seville?

Show Notes: 1-The Backstabber of Seville

The Barber of Seville Composer: “The Backstabber of Seville”

Episode 1 Transcript & Sources

Who was the original Barber of Seville composer? Find out in episode 1, “The Backstabber of Seville.” We tell the little-known stories behind the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Sevilla, and we relate the humble origins of one of the world’s greatest opera legends, Giochino Rossini.

Enjoy our show notes–feel free to scroll to the end if you would like to see the sources for our first classical music podcast episode.


Barber of Seville Quick Facts:

  1. The Barber of Seville was composed by Gioachino Rossini
  2. Rossini was born in Pesaro, Italy in 1792
  3. Rossini died in Paris, France, in 1868
  4. The Barber of Seville premiere took place at the Teatro de Argentina in Rome in 1816.

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