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During the 1820s revolutionary movements overthrew many governments in Europe including Spain Naples the Ottoman Empire and eventually Russia In 1830 Paris was experiencing the July Revolution where Charles X was overthrown and Louis Philippe was proclaimed the citizen king The new ruler allowed more flexible tolerance for new ideas than any other country during this time Paris felt these effects in a positive way as this flexibility in mindset allowed Paris to nurture and develop the ever growing creativity in the arts This led Paris to be looked upon as one of the leading cultural centers in Europe Rather than the exclusive nobility stature that music once had in Paris the bourgeoisie involvement in the arts increased as a result of the political change The French Grand Opera became more popular due to this factor Among the figures were librettist Eugene Scribe and composer Giacomo Meyerbeer The French Grand Opera also introduced more elaborate set designs which incorporated designs by artists such as Pierre Ciceri Edmond Duponchel and Louis Daguerre The impact that French Grand Opera had on the development of piano literature was that it fortified Paris as a major musical center in Europe This led to the development of virtuoso instrumental innovations including the solo recital which began to gain in popularity Niccolo Paganini was one of the premier figures to begin this new performance genre He traveled extensively throughout Europe collaborating with many different combinations of musicians Concerts during this period did not solely feature one performer but often included chamber music or concerti with orchestra One of the most influential compositions by Paganini on the piano repertoire is his 24 Capricci for solo violin Many composers composed pieces which are based on these Capricci including Liszt Schumann Brahms and Rachmaninoff Paris was wild for his performances beginning in 1831 during a time where the numerous French Opera performances saturated the concert schedules The public was ready for this change and
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