PAGANINI'S LAST TESTIMONY
ABC 1988
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Derived from Paganini's own letters - text and Music by Jon Rose
  • Commissioned for The Listening Room by Ros Cheney
  • Recording engineer was John Jacobs
  • Recorded in pre-digital studio conditions!
  • Faith healers and religious nut jobs recorded from local radio stations by Jon Rose while on tour in the deep south of the USA 1986

The listener discovers a violinist who was as much a faith healer and bewitcher of the masses as conjurer with sound. A full range of violins including the ten string double violin, the baby megaphone violin, the 19 string cello, and amplified bow are used and cut with the ravings of evangelical preachers from America's Bible belt. (Extract from a much longer work)

What's New

June 2021
'Figures of Eight' - a work from 1974, updated, and given a thrilling performance by violinist Emma Roijackers.
Haarlem Lichtfabriek, Holland
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my new double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
September 2021
'Corrugations' heralds a new music series starting in Alice Springs - we just moved into a new house here big enough to hold the Rosenberg Museum and performances.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
May - October 2021
'Whistling in the Dark' embraces a set of duets between various pied butcherbirds (from field recordings in outback Australia) and virtuosic human musicians (in home lockdown) performing transcriptions of this extraordinary avian music.
On Line Project available September
September 2021 - delayed Premiere
Jon is currently composing 'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. The work is inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA
Brno, Czech Republic
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