The (50) Variations (not by Beethoven) on a Theme by Diabelli – Monstrosity or Monument?

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Title The (50) Variations (not by Beethoven) on a Theme by Diabelli – Monstrosity or Monument?
Author Roennfeldt, Peter John
Publication Title Proceedings of the 9th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference "Expanding Musical Thinking"
Editor Australasian Piano Pedagogy Association
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Association
Abstract Diabelli’s Vaterländischer Künstlerverein (Patriotic Artists’ Association) project resulted in a two volume publication that appeared in 1823-1824. The more famous Part One comprises Beethoven’s final piano work Opus 120, but its companion volume has received relatively little artistic or scholarly attention. As an enterprising pedagogue, composer and publisher, Diabelli brought together a virtual kaleidoscope of composers then active in Vienna and the Austrian Imperial states. While not exactly without precedent or sequel, this unusual collective work could be described as a musical monstrosity. The 50 variations based on Diabelli’s Waltz in C were published purely in alphabetical order, thus exhibiting no overriding structural logic other than the implicit unity that his fecund theme provides.
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ISBN 978-0-646-55411-2
Conference name 9th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference
Location Sydney, Australia
Date From 2009-07-13
Date To 2009-07-17
Date Accessioned 2011-07-11
Language en_US
Research Centre Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Faculty Queensland Conservatorium
Subject Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1a

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