It’s variations weekend on the Beethoven frontmain
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.