Beethoven Diabelli Variations Op.120

Anton Diabelli, a Viennese publisher and composer of popular music for amateurs, published Beethoven's Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz for Pianoforte in 1823. A year later he republished the set as Part I of a two-volume collection, Part II of which comprised 50 variations on the same “Given Theme”, each written by a different “prominent composer”. Among those who contributed were Hummel, Czerny, Kalkbrenner, Moscheles, Schubert, Archduke Rudolf and the 11-year-old Liszt. The “Given Theme” was a waltz, “Ein Deutsche” written by Diabelli himself. Even judged by the highest standards of Beethoven’s output the Diabelli holds a very special place among his works. It is an opus magnum that summarizes not only Beethoven’s own experiments as a composer but those of the whole German musical tradition to which he considered himself a rightful heir.
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Review "Beethoven's Diabelli Variations Op.120 are one of the greatest piano pieces written. Made up of the original theme of Diabelli followed by 33 variations, all very different in character bringing together Beethoven's great skill as a composer for piano. The variations were written over many years and elude to various composers of his time. Some variations are extremely short at under one minute. There are of course numerous recordings of this work. Wonderful playing and excellent sound recording are good reasons to go for this recording. You also have the bonus of Beethoven's Andante Favori WoO 57."- Anonymous
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