Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)

33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer für das Piano-Forte componirt und Der Frau Antonia von Brentano gebornen Edlen von Birkenstock hochachtungsvoll zugeeignet...120tes Werk. [DIABELLI VARIATIONS]

Wien: bey A. Diabelli et Comp. Graben No. 1133 ; Leipzig : bey H.A. Probst. [1824]. Oblong folio. disbound.  [i] (title), 4-43, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved throughout. [PN] 1380. On t.p. above imprint: No. 1380.; Eigenthum der Verleger.; Pr. 2f. 45x.C.M; At head of 1st. line of music: Thema von A: Diabelli; At foot of p. 43: Gestochen v: Jos: Sigg.  Tears and repairs to margins of first and final leaves, those two pages also somewhat browned, stamps of E. Hoffmann Musikalienhandlung of Dresden, else a clean and wide-margined copy throughout.  Titelauflage of the Cappi u. Diabelli first edition of 1823 (ie printed from the same plates) but with the edition of a secondary "collection" title page "(Vaterländischer Künstlerverein Veränderungen...") not present here,  the main title of the present copy being an updated version of the title from the first issue (1823), where pp. 2 and 3 were left blank. Kinsky p. 350-51. Dorfmüller p. 345 (copy in Bavarian State Library, Munich). Hoboken 2, 485. Hirsch IV, 387 (with "2. Abtheilung" angebunden). Beethoven-Haus C 252/195,3.

Best known in his time as a publisher (he was Schubert's first publisher), Diabelli is most familiar today as the composer of the waltz on which Ludwig van Beethoven wrote this celebrated set of thirty-three "Diabelli Variations." (18325)

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