It’s variations weekend on the Beethoven front

It’s variations weekend on the Beethoven front


norman lebrecht

April 26, 2020

For reasons that fall halfway between fun and fervour, I have dedicated our Beethoven analysis this weekend to three sets of variations.

The first, mostly frivolous, dwells on Beethoven’s British fixation.

The second demondstrates how he escaped Mozart’s long shadow.

And the third, monumentally, is probably the greatest set of piano variations ever written.

Only my ultimate choice is not one you’d expect.




  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Yes, I have always loved Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations along with all his late works, except for Grosse Fuge, which always sounded too academic to my ears. Surely J.S. Bach wrote much better fugues.

  • Brian v says:

    Reminds me Chuck Berry never signed autographs. He signed my ticket for his show
    At the festival hall. He was waiting in his car before the show but he never said a word.
    My lucky day

    • Elizabeth Owen says:

      I got his signature in Cardiff, wondered why he was so grumpy!

      • Brian v says:

        I have no idea. Bill wyman said in an interview he is not very nice.
        I love chuck. He was always humorous on stage. The last time I saw him was in the Hackney empire in 2008 he was 78 and still performing well.
        His final cd is superb