Beethoven, Ludwig van
33 Variations on a Waltz for Piano op. 120 "Diabelli Variations"
- One-of-a-kind Urtext edition of the complete Diabelli Variations
- First Urtext edition of the “Fatherlandish Union of Artists” Part II variations
- Includes notes on performance practice of Viennese piano music during Beethoven’s day (Ger/Eng)
Edition no.
BA 9657
ISMN
9790006528158
Volume / Series
BÄRENREITER URTEXT
Editor
Aschauer, Mario
Instrumentation of the work
Piano
Language(s) of text
German, English
Product format
Performance score, Urtext edition
Instrumentation
Piano
Binding
Paperback
Pages / Format
XXXI, 63 S. - 31,0 x 24,3 cm
In December 1818, the Viennese music publisher Pietro Cappi announced the establishment of a new firm with his business partner Anton Diabelli named Cappi & Diabelli. The company developed a good nose for the taste of the day and quickly became one of the most influential music publishers in Biedermeier Vienna.

Early on in the enterprise Diabelli sent a 32-measure waltz which he had written himself to the most reputable composers of the Austrian Empire with the invitation to submit a set of variations which were to be published in a collaborative collection. We only know for sure of one composer who explicitly declined to collaborate: Beethoven.

It remains unclear why Beethoven did not want to participate in the contest. He nevertheless composed 33 variations, not directly for Diabelli, rather considering alternative avenues of publication. His “Diabelli Variations” mark the pinnacle of his oeuvre for variations and next to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” form one of the most important contributions to this genre.

In the Preface of this edition, the editor Mario Aschauer describes the very complex source situation. Discrepancies between the main sources are presented with ossias in light grey print. A detailed Critical Commentary (Eng) and notes regarding Viennese piano performance practice during Beethoven’s day (Ger/Eng) complete this fine Urtext edition.

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