title graphic for The Diabellia Variations

May 1 | 4pm

drawing of Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven

The Viennese music publisher Anton Diabelli—the first to publish a then-unknown Franz Schubert—was a trained composer and savvy businessman. Hoping to produce a best-seller for the home music market, he wrote a short waltz and sent it to every composer he could think of, asking for a single variation from each. Then Beethoven weighed in, with a massive set of 33 Variations: a rollicking explosion of creativity, his last major piano composition, and a comic masterpiece. Brian Connelly plays this merry juggernaut on Context’s world-class Vaughn Graf piano from 1826.

photo of Brian Connelly
Brian Connelly
1826 Graf piano
photo of 1826 Graf piano
1826 Graf piano