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    robert Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    The 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli were composed in 1819 and revised in 1822/1823, and are dedicated to Antonie Brentano. This work, while dating from the time of his inward-looking late sonatas, represents Beethoven at his most inventive, humorous, and gleeful. The innocuous little theme by Diabelli is turned over, upside down, and inside out in all ways possible and impossible, producing a vast array of bewilderingly contrasting variations. Only Beethoven could culminate such a large work with an intense and driving fuga, and then tack on a mischievous minuet to end it, as if mocking his own achievement. The sheer demands placed on the performer make this a work that is suitable only from the greatest of pianists.

    From the "Blonay recital", 27 September 2007.

    Beethoven - Op.120, 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli

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