Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

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The Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, represent Beethoven's most extraordinary achievement in the art of variation-writing. In their originality and power of invention, they stand beside other late Beethoven masterpieces such as the Ninth Symphony, the Missa Solemnis, and the last quartets. William Kinderman's study of the compositional history of the work includes the first extended investigation and reconstruction of the sketches and drafts, and reveals, contrary to earlier views of its chronology, that it was actually begun in 1819, then put aside, and completed in 1822-3. Kinderman also provides an analytical discussion of the complete work, and he demonstrates how insights derived from a close study of the sketches can illuminate Beethoven's compositional ideas and attitudes and contribute substantially to a better understanding of this massive and complex set of variations. The book includes complete transcriptions of the two central documents in the genesis of the Diabelli variations - the reconstructed Wittgenstein Sketchbook and the Paris - Landsberg - Montauban more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4 halftones, 160 line illustrations
  • 0195342364
  • 9780195342369
  • 900,254

About William Kinderman

William Kinderman is Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His books include Beethoven (OUP, 1995), Ataria 195: Beethoven's Sketchbook for the Missa solemnis and the Piano Sonata in E Major, Opus 109, and Mozart's Piano Music (OUP, 2006), and he has written or edited numerous works on many other composers and pieces. An outstanding pianist, Kinderman has recorded Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and the last sonatas for Hyperion / Helios records; his acclaimed studio recording of the Diabelli Variations has recently been reissued together with a live lecture recital as a double CD on Arietta more

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Praise for William Kinderman's recording of the Diabelli Variations: "The most outstanding Diabelli Variations to have appeared in age"--The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs"As a scholar-performer Kinderman can be said to command the field at the moment."--Gramophone"A solid and detailed study....There is much of interest here for scholars and inquisitive performers alike, and the book is recommended for graduate libraries and strong undergraduate collections."--Choice"William Kinderman is a very rare bird. His book on Beethoven's Diabelli Variations must be one of the best monographs a musical masterpiece has ever received."--Alfred Brendel"Yields valuable information and provocative commentary that should fascinate a wide audience....Greatly enhances an understanding of the Diabelli Variations."--The Beethoven Newslettershow more

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