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Variations for Piano, Volume II

Piano Solo

By Ludwig van Beethoven

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Piano solo (Piano solo) - SMP Level 9 (Advanced)
Piano Solo. Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Edited by Joseph Schmidt-Gorg. This edition: Full-cloth binding. Sheet Music. Clothbound. Henle Music Folios. Pages: VI and 134. Classical. Hardcover. 143 pages. G. Henle #HN145. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480145).

Item Number: HL.51480145

ISBN 9790201801452. 9.5x12.5 inches.

Variations on both popular and original themes were a kind of 'fashion accessory' during the days of Viennese classicism, and Beethoven also made his contribution to this genre; to be sure, financial reasons played a role here, as fashion articles sold well. Yet little by little, the principles and formal layout of the variation form assumed a central meaning for Beethoven.This second volume of the Henle Urtext edition featuring Beethoven's complete piano variations contains, as it were, his 'master variations.' Whereas two of his earlier variation cycles had ben published without an opus number, these were followed by opp. 34 and 35 - pieces which Beethoven mentioned in a letter to the publishing house Breitkopf & Hartel and which he felt were 'crafted in an utterly new and different manner.' The most momentous works in this category are the 32 Variations in c minor WoO 80 and the celebrated Diabelli Variations op. 120, two pieces that count among the most important variation cycles ever written.

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About SMP Level 9 (Advanced)

All types of major, minor, diminished, and augmented chords spanning more than an octave. Extensive scale passages.

  • Beethoven: 15 Variations (with Fugue) E flat major op. 35 
  • Beethoven: 7 Variations on 'God save the king' WoO 78 
  • Beethoven: 6 Easy variations G major WoO 77 
  • Beethoven: 6 Variations D major op. 76 
  • Beethoven: 32 Variations c minor WoO 80 
  • Beethoven: Appendix: 9 Variations on a March by Dressler (second version) WoO 63 
  • Beethoven: 6 Variations F major op. 34 
  • Beethoven: 5 Variations on 'Rule Britannia' WoO 79 
  • Beethoven: Diabelli-Variations op. 120 
  • Beethoven: 8 Variations on 'T¯ndeln und Scherzen' by S¾ssmayr WoO 76 
  • Beethoven: Appendix: 8 Variations on 'Ich hab' ein kleines H¾ttchen nur' Anh. 10 
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