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Published: 15 April 2008

248 Pages

6.14 X 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780195342369

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Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

William Kinderman

Studies in Musical Genesis, Structure, and Interpretation

Kinderman's study of the compositional history of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations 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.


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