Variations for Piano and Violoncello
Urtext Edition, paperbound
replaces HN 5
with marked and unmarked string part
Pages: 86 (VI, 50, 15, 15), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 913 · ISMN M-2018-0913-7
Variations on a well-liked theme, mainly from contemporary operas, were extremely popular at the end of the 18th century. Even the young Beethoven made several contributions to this genre. We do not know of any concrete occasion for the composition of the three cycles of Variations for Violoncello and Piano – they are on two themes from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and one from Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus”. The number of reproductions at that time does, however, reveal that they were very popular right from the beginning.
Our revision is based on new findings contained in the Critical Report of the Beethoven Complete Edition (published in 2008).
(...) it is gratifying to have up-to-date and authoritative scores for Beethoven's miniature masterpieces. With luck, these works will enjoy a renaissance among performers.
- 12 Variations on a theme from Händel's Oratorio "Judas Maccabäus" G major WoO 45
- 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" from Mozart's "Zauberflöte" F major op. 66
- 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart's "Zauberflöte" E flat major WoO 46