Long before Robert Johnson ever went down to the crossroads, violinist & composer Niccolo Paganini was rumored to have sold his soul to the devil
in exchange for musical ability. Evidence against this theory: Paganini's 5th Caprice actually prevented
the devil from stealing The Karate Kid's soul
(the devil settled for stealing Ralph Macchio's career instead). Evidence in favor of this theory: When played on acoustic guitar, the virtuosity in his 24th Caprice really seems supernaturally inspired
. For my money, however, the perfect storm of ominous music & stringed instruments comes together in this version of Carmina Burana
(mp3 direct download), arranged for solo banjo.
posted by jonson
on Sep 27, 2006 -