Paganini's Dark Side


Paganini, who took the stage in Winchester in 1832, stayed on the stage for 28 minutes. He received a full payment of 22.500 pounds for the project and managed to attract the attention of the press.

The news that the virtuoso refused to attend the charity concert for poor actors spread from London to Paris.

It can be said that the years of England, which was talked about with its scandals, consolidated with two cases brought to the judiciary.

Now let's examine the two important events that brought Paganini to trial.

 Case 1: Detention

In June 1834, the newspaper "The Sunday Times" published an article that shocked its readers.

The title is: “An extraordinary seduction: Paganini and Miss Watson"

The case file can be briefly summarized as follows: Paganini persuades Mrs Watson, who is only 16 years old, to leave her father's house and come with her. After that, you know…

Father Watson, on the other hand, goes to Boulogne, where his daughter has been abducted, in a desperate way to resolve the matter.
When Paganini's butler, Francesco Urbani, moves to take Miss Charlotte Watson from the port, police and gendarmerie units intervene and save the girl...

Francesco must have been very upset that he asked the law enforcement officers, “What is going on here? Give me the girl!” It is also recorded that he shouted, but was beaten cleanly and escaped injured.

The expression of the girl who returned to her homeland reveals that the famous violin virtuoso also generously used her financial power.

According to the young girl's testimony, Paganini presented her with a jewelery crown worth around £3000 today, and jewelery worth £20.000, and promised to marry her when they arrived in Paris and provide an annual income of £271.000.

I think the name that Miss Watson gave as a witness for this last part will be familiar to all of you; Rothschild!

Another detail included in the statement is that Paganini's friends bought and dressed her in new clothes so that the young girl would not be recognized.

Case 2: Claim

The case between Paganini and Mr. Freeman was covered in the judicial news of the "London Morning Chronicle" in November 1833.

Mr. Freeman complained that he was Paganini's manager in England and that he had not been paid for his services.

Freeman, who does not hesitate to use numbers in his statement to impress the jury, claims that the artist has earned more than £ 3.000.000 with the concerts he has given in the last two years in his country, but when it comes to the £ 2.000 he has to pay, things go uphill.

Witnesses are heard in turn;

Mr. Thomas Cooke (Covent-garden Theater Director): He says that Paganini gave four concerts in July, all with Mr. Freeman and representing Paganini.

Mr. C. Jones: He says that Paganini has given at least four concerts at the Drury-Lane Theatre, after each concert Paganini receives the list of attendees from Mr. Freeman and whether they have paid or not. According to Mr. Jones, without someone like Mr. Freeman, Paganini could not have organized these concerts because he was getting a lot of money and he didn't speak a word of English!

At the end of the witnesses' statements, Paganini's lawyer also admitted that Mr. Freeman had done business with his client in various countries.

The judge asked the competent witnesses what people like Mr. Freeman were getting for such a service, and almost all of them got the answer of £1 a day.

The jury also made its decision on the basis of witness statements, telling Mr. Freeman that the money he had requested should be paid.


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