Beethoven—Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Lecture no. 6 from the course: The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works
Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 50 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses
Arguably the greatest of all works for solo piano, these glorious variations were written on an invitation from composer Anton Diabelli. Grasp the extraordinary ways in which Beethoven varies the theme, using allusion, humor, and parody. Follow the progression of the three groups of variations, from the first group’s cumulative unfolding to the second group’s dissociations and contrasts, leading to the final set’s movement toward the spirit of Bach and concluding in a mood of transcendent peace.