Mystery, music and mortality | October 12, 2012 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |


http://paloaltoonline.com/print/story/print/2012/10/12/mystery-music-and-mortality


Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - October 12, 2012

Mystery, music and mortality

TheatreWorks' production of '33 Variations' hits high notes

by Jeanie K. Smith

When noted music publisher Anton Diabelli in 1819 invites 50 well-known composers of his day to write a variation on a modest little waltz of his own, he hopes that Beethoven will contribute one. He could never anticipate that Beethoven, after initially rejecting the invitation, would insist on writing a total of 33 variations over a period of five years. Those 33, now known as the "Diabelli Variations," are sometimes called the best piano compositions ever written.

This story contains 763 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post