Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
G. Henle Verlag - HN1276
- Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
- Fingering: Ian Fountain
- Editor: Felix Loy
- Instrumentation: Piano
- ISMN: 979-020181276-2
- Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
- Pages: 50
- Urtext / Critical Edition
Beethoven's "33 Variations on a waltz by A. Diabelli", composed between 1819 and 1823, are his most significant contribution to the genre. The notice announcing the publication of the first edition aptly claimed that "These are no variations of the usual kind but a great and important masterpiece". The Viennese publisher Anton Diabelli had asked 50 composers to write one variation each on his waltz, for publication in an anthology. But instead, Beethoven used it for a comprehensive exploration of the genre's traditions.
This edition replaces the older HN636.