Violin Podcast Episode

Show Notes: 2-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.

Here is the written transcript of “Brought to You By Satan,” our episode about the the Devil’s Trill Sonata by Tartini. You may remember that the second half explores the life of Italian violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini and the mysteries surrounding his death. Did he have a deal with the devil? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

Don’t forget to take a look at Vivian’s Devil’s Trill Sonata Art, and you might enjoy our tritone article entitled“What is the Devil in Music?”

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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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