More than 150 years ago, French cornetist and teacher Jean Baptiste Arban created the method book, which became the standard manual for brass players all over the world. His playing of and compositions for the cornet helped to establish it as a serious classical instrument. He wrote this set of variations in the early 1860s, undoubtedly inspired by Niccolo Paganini's 20 variations for violin on the same air, which has been attributed both to Paganini and to German opera composer Reinhard Keiser. --James Huff 21:29, March 25, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)