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Diabelli - Variation 4

Diabelli score Var 4


Whereas the theme featured falling 4ths and 5ths, this variation is built around the rising 4ths and 5ths as a canon in descending octaves. Although it begins dolce, at bar 5 it begins a crescendo that races towards two hammer blows at the end of each half.

The first phrase of the first half is foreshortened by one bar, which helps to propel it towards the climactic final forte chords.

More serious technical difficulties begin to appear in this variation, especially (for me, at least) the double thirds in measure 5 and the left hand octave leap in measure 28.

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