Paganini non ripete

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Literally, Paganini does not repeat. The phrase originates from an episode dating back to 1825: in Teatro Falcone, Genoa, the artist was asked by King Charles Felix for an encore of a piece he had liked; but since Paganini had improvised, he was unable to repeat the performance and is said to have given this as his answer. As a result, he was expelled from the Kingdom of Sardinia for two years.


Paganini non ripete

  1. (usually humorous, sometimes menacing) said when someone is unwilling to repeat what they have already said
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