33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op 120
The 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120, commonly known as the Diabelli Variations, is a set of variations for the piano written between 1819 and 1823 by Ludwig van Beethoven on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli. It is often considered to be one of the greatest sets of variations for keyboard along with J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.
The music writer Donald Tovey called it "the greatest set of variations ever written". The pianist Alfred Brendel has described it as "the greatest of all piano works". It also comprises, in the words of Hans von Bülow, "a microcosm of Beethoven's art". In Beethoven: The Last Decade 1817–1827, Martin Cooper writes, "The variety of treatment is almost without parallel, so that the work represents a book of advanced studies in Beethoven's manner of expression and his use of the keyboard, as well as a monumental work in its own right". In his Structural Functions of Harmony, Arnold Schoenberg writes that the Diabelli Variations "in respect of its harmony, deserves to be called the most adventurous work by Beethoven".
Performances & Interviews
- Building a Library: Beethoven's Diabelli Variationshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01rr7hq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01rr7hq.jpg2017-06-19T11:11:00.000ZIain Burnside recommends the best recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p056br9j
Building a Library: Beethoven's Diabelli VariationsIain Burnside recommends the best recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.