"a sign of assistance from the dark powers in the depths of our soul (cf. the Devil in Tartini's sonata dream)"

   His Violin Sonata in G-minor is the best known work by Italian violin virtuoso Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770), notorious for its complex final movement which has come to be known as "The Devil's Trill".  According to contemporary French scholar Jerome Lalande, Tartini claimed that the Devil played the piece for him in a dream, after which he struggled in vain to recall and record its full power.  


Online edition of Jerome Lalande's 'Voyage d'un François en Italie', in the original French, (1769)



Online edition of Walter Rowlands' 'Among the Great Masters of Music', with English translation of the relevant passage, (1900)


The 'Devil's Trill' portion of the sonata, performed by Itzhak Perlman, (1990)


The full Sonata