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     Thirty-Three Variations on the theme of a Waltz in C major by A. Diabelli, Op. 120 is one of Beethoven's most remarkable works, the culmination of a long evolution of structure in variation in his music.  This work was written in 1819 - 1823.  It appeared in response to the invitation of Anton Diabelli, a Viennese publisher and composer, to fifty Austrian composers to write one variation each on a theme of his waltz in order to publish them in collected works as one cycle.
     Beethoven, who was among these composers, refused to take part in a collective work and wrote a separate cycle of 33 variations which was brought out in 1823.  Written at the time of Beethoven's work on Missa Solemnis and the 9th Symphony, the Thirty-Three Variations are an excellent example of late Beethovenian style and one of the most remarkable treatments of variation form.  The unsophisticated theme of Diabelli's waltz in the spirit of an unpretentious Austrian landler was developed by Beethoven's inexhaustible fantasy in a cycle which is grandiose both in its scope and variety of moods.

Ludwig van Beethoven
33 Variations on A. Diabelli's Waltz

Thema. Vivace
I. Alla Marcia maestoso
II. Poco Allegro
III. L'istesso tempo
IV. Un poco piu vivace
V. Allegro vivace
VI. Allegro, ma non troppo e serioso
VII. Un poco piu Allegro
VIII. Poco vivace
IX. Allegro pesante e risoluto
X. Presto
XI. Allegretto
XII. Un poco piu moto
XIII. Vivace
XIV. Grave e maestoso
XV. Presto sherzando
XVI. Allegro
XVIII. Poco moderato
XIX. Presto
XX. Andante
XXI. Allegro con brio. Meno Allegro
XXII. Molto Allegro alla
"Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart
XXIII. Assau Allegro
XXIV. Fughetta. Andante
XXV. Allegro
XXVII. Vivace
XXVIII. Allegro
XXIX. Adagio, ma non troppo
XXX. Adagio, sepre cantabila
XXXI. Largo molto espressivo
XXXII. Fuga, Allegro. Poco Adagio
XXXIII. Tempo di Menuetto, moderato
(ma non tirarsi dietro)
Total Time            -         52:06

Svyatoslav Richter, piano