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Beethoven and the Variation

By Immanuela Gruenberg

One of the main characteristics of Beethoven’s compositional style was his ability to take a musical idea and break it into its smallest motives, and then use these motives as building blocks…

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Beethoven: Six Variations on a Swiss Song, WoO 64

By Immanuela Gruenberg

According to most sources the Six Variations on a Swiss Song were composed in 1790 while Beethoven was still in Bonn and before he left for Vienna to study with Haydn. This is Beethoven’s second set of variations.…

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