The Devil’s Trill


The Violin Sonata in G minor, more familiarly known as the Devil’s Trill Sonata is a work for solo violin (with figured bass accompaniment) by Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770), famous for being extremely technically demanding, even today.
Violin Sonata in G minor
Larghetto affettuoso
Allegro moderato
Allegro assai-Andante-Allegro assai

“ Tartini’s Dream” by Louis-Léopold Boilly (1824)
The story behind “Devil’s Trill” starts with a dream. Tartini allegedly told the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande that he dreamed that The Devil appeared to him and asked to be his servant. At the end of their lessons Tartini handed the devil his violin to test his skill—the devil immediately began to play with such virtuosity that Tartini felt his breath taken away. The complete story is told by Tartini himself in Lalande’s Voyage d’un François en Italie (1765 – 66):
“One night, in the year 1713 I dreamed I had made a pact with the devil for my soul. Everything went as I wished: my new servant anticipated my every desire. Among other things, I gave him my violin to see if he could play. How great was my astonishment on hearing a sonata so wonderful and so beautiful, played with such great art and intelligence, as I had never even conceived in my boldest flights of fantasy. I felt enraptured, transported, enchanted: my breath failed me, and – I awoke. I immediately grasped my violin in order to retain, in part at least, the impression of my dream. In vain! The music which I at this time composed is indeed the best that I ever wrote, and I still call it the “Devil’s Trill”, but the difference between it and that which so moved me is so great that I would have destroyed my instrument and have said farewell to music forever if it had been possible for me to live without the enjoyment it affords me.“


Moonlit Peacock: Lucifer Devotional Necklace



Moonlit Peacock: A devotional necklace for Lucifer in his aspect of the Morningstar, the Light-Bringer.


A frosted white AB-finish Czech glass peacock pendant on a strand of frosted white AB-finish “ghost” Czech glass teardrop beads, with microfaceted rainbow moonstone spacers. A beautiful, elegant necklace, much like the man himself.

The necklace measures approximately 19″ circumference; the…

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Snake Pendant




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Ice Violin





The Swedish town of Luleå is becoming famous for its incredible ice orchestra

7 photos of this song of ice and wire

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