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La Campanella Variations – on Piano, Orchestra, Violin, Harp, Clarinet

Performed on Yamaha Clavinova 609 – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Oct 24, 2013

Just before the Spring Equinox 2012, I received a musical download in dreamtime. In and of itself, that’s nothing unusual. I have gotten many such gifts over the years from Masters like Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Vivaldi and others. Nor was it strange that I did not at first exactly what the piece was. A number of times before, I have had to record something first before some of you, my musically educated friends, helped me identify it.Liszt_Bob 2

What was unique about this March 19, 2012 download, however, was that it was actually a gift from my Higher Self. Even though I did not know its name, I knew instinctively that the music was a Franz Liszt composition. And Liszt was one of my 19th century incarnations (right).

Another thing that was quite extraordinary was that as soon as I set out to find out on the Internet what this music was, the very first piece I clicked on on Youtube was “La Campanella.” Then I found out its meaning and history…

The word means “little bells” in Italian. The original piece was written by Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), arguably the greatest violinist that ever lived.  Liszt adapted it for piano. And today, I was moved to record it in a variety of different orchestral voice.

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 2.54.55 PMSince I never used any sheet music before playing it, my version of “La Campanella” is in a different key (D minor in my case) than originally written. And while the main theme is the same, my interpretation of the “little bells” also differs from that composed by Liszt and Paganini. It’s just the way I heard it in my Third Ear.

So with apologies to Paganini (guess I don’t have to apologize to Liszt 🙂 ), here it is now, as recorded this morning on my new Yamaha Clavinova 609 “Digital Orchestra” box.

And now, here’s also that first recording of “La Campanella” from March 2012:

La Campanella by Liszt – in Bob Altzar’s inaugural interpretation



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