Beethoven Variations as Originally Heard
 

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Sat 12.9.2015, 8 p.m., 2015-9-12T20:00 Beethoven-Haus Bonn

Beethoven Variations as Originally Heard

Ronald Brautigam (Fortepiano)

Ludwig van Beethoven:
32 Variations for piano on an original Theme in C minor WoO 80 (»Variations in C minor«)

Ludwig van Beethoven:
15 Variations with Fugue in E-flat major for piano, op. 35 (‘Eroica Variations’)

Ludwig van Beethoven:
33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli for piano op. 120

Project ‘Diabelli’ 3

Beethoven’s most important piano variations, played on an instrument the composer would have recognized: familiar masterpieces in unfamiliar timbres. From the ‘Eroica Variations’ arranged ‘in a really quite novel manner’, to quote Beethoven himself in 1802, and the 32 variations on a single theme – ‘monument-like’, because here the individual variations no longer stand each for themselves, but are related one to another or linked by seamless transitions – to the late work we call the ‘Diabelli Variations’. Beethoven-worshipper Richard Wagner thought he understood why Beethoven liked the variation form so very much: ‘He could be much more creative than in any other ...’

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Ronald Brautigam © Marco Borggreve

Ronald Brautigam © Marco Borggreve

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