Niccolò Paganini, Ghiribizzo No. 4: my ukulele transcription (video and tabs)



Not everyone knows that Paganini was also an excellent guitarist

He wrote more than 100 pieces for guitar, including the “Ghiribizzi” (‘whims’).

Ghiribizzo No. 4

Composed for ‘a little girl in Naples’ who must have been both talented and eager to develop her technique, these whimsical works explore a wide range of musical styles idiomatic to the guitar. Many of the 43 short movements are drawed on themes by Rossini, Paisiello, Süssmayr, Mozart, Giuliani and, of course, Paganini himself.

The “Ghiribizzo no. 4” is based in fact on a theme by Paganini: the original is in A Major, my transcription is in D Major to make better use of the open strings.


As usual, in the score there are my suggestions regarding the fingering for both hands.

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Published: May 25 2015