Diabelli Variations

Ludwig van Beethoven

Diabelli Variations in C major

Op. 120 • “33 Variations on a waltz by Diabelli”

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In 1819, the music publisher Anton Diabelli decided to raise money for the family members of soldiers killed in recent wars. He wrote a theme in hopes of inducing some of the leading composers of the day to contribute variations, planning to publish the entire set . In all, he sent his melody to 51 composers in Austria... read more