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Franz Schubert - Variations for piano solo

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Schubert had begun very early to acquire the mastery which led to the consumate form, maturity and originality of his piano sonatas. His first accomplishments in this domain however, were not with piano sonatas but with variations and single pieces. He wrote 2 sets of variations for piano solo and a variation on a waltz by Diabelli.

10 Variations on an Original Theme in F major, D. 156

Dated 15 February 1815, his 10 Variations on an Original Theme in F major D. 156 were written when the composer was 18. This was his first major piano work to sport a songful theme that is unmistakably Schubertian, two years before his first completed piano sonata. Download the Variations D. 156 by clicking here.

13 Variations D. 576 (Hüttenbrenner variations)


The 13 Variations on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner (also known as the 'Hüttenbrenner variations') in A minor D. 576 date from August 1817. The musical substance here is very compact, but does not present the performer with any impossible tasks.

Schubert borrowed the theme from the String Quartet Op. 3 of his friend Anselm Hüttenbrenner, whereby he may have been additionally inspired by the relationship between the melody and the Allegro theme from Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli, D. 718



Anselm Hüttenbrenner (1794-1868)

Listen to the Hüttenbrenner variations below:

Part I

Part II

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