|Triumph of Death Pieter Brueghel the Elder, src: wikipedia|
Paganini was said to have made a pact with the devil like Faust.
Interesting fact is that Liszt's whose career thrived on the mystery and mysticism of virtuosic demonic piano playing was a devout Catholic and even took holy orders.
Pianist Greg Anderson sets the scene perfectly "Imagine you're in Hell, and you want out!" Greg Anderson plays Ligeti Etude 13: "The Devil's Staircase"
The Second Mephisto Waltz by Liszt, features the Devil's unresolved tritone, which represents the Devil in Music. Here it is performed by the virtuoso Leslie Howard (who has amazingly recorded the entire works of Franz Liszt!)
Here is an inspired version of Liszt's transcription of Saint Saen's Danse Macarbre - which translates to "Dance of Death!" performed by the Florence Piano Duet