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Diabelli - Variation 6

Diabelli score Var 6

Beethoven loved trills, especially in his later piano music. As a whole though, these Variations are largely lacking in trills, but not this one! Here, a trill replaces the initial turn, and trills follow in almost every measure. Although Beethoven marks this variation serioso, I find it hard to take very seriously. Brendel described the first variation as “somewhat lacking in brains” but I think that description fits here as well.

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