An entertaining picture of this most visceral of musical traditions will emerge through our consideration of CDs, DVDs, musical analysis, and contemporary documents. The swashbuckling careers of Liszt, Rubinstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Paganini will be placed in the context of the evolution of the virtuoso concerto. Modern-era virtuosos such as Vladamir Horowitz will also be included, as will obscure and contemporary concertos. Among the works studied will be Rubinstein’s 4th piano concerto, Liszt’s Totentantz, Paganini’s caprices, and Rachmaninov’s Paganini variations. Time permitting, class participants may suggest favorite works and performers.