Tune of the Day: Allegro maestoso
This “Allegro maestoso”, which constitutes the second movement of Paganini's A-minor “sonata” for violin and guitar, is marked “in march tempo”. It almost has the snap of a jig, but the minor key gives it a somewhat unusual character. At the center of the movement is a highly lyrical section, typical of Paganini's cantabile (literally, “songful”) writing, before the march resumes.
This Allegro is followed by a small rondo, rightfully called “Rondoncino”.