Post by Johannes Roehl Post by MiNe109 Post by Mandryka
Having been very much enjoying the double variations in op 50/4 I
thought I’d ask here which of his variation movements you are
especially fond of.
The Piano Sonata in C Major XVI:48 first movement is interesting. It's
another double variation, with themes in major and minor and a
yes, that's a good one. TBH am not all that impressed by the famous f
minor (piccolo divertimento) piano variations.
My favorites are from symphonies and quartets. Already one of the
first large variations movements, namely op.20/4 (slow mvmt) is a
great favorite. Besides op.50/4 there are I think two more in that
collection (one in #3 and another one). The most famous in the
quartets is also deservedly so, I think, the "Emperor hymn" (treated
as cantus firmus because the Emperor has to be a point of stability).
Of the freer movements that start out as some kind of variation but
are more freely developed a great favorite is the siciliano-like
first movement of op.76/5 that gets speeded up at the end and kind of
"dissolves". I am not so fond of the variation finales of op.33,5+6
(Mozart made much more of this in his d minor quartet.)
In the symphonies I prefer the d minor "canon" of #70, the double
variations in #90 and also the slow movements of #84 and #97 to the
more famous "surprise" #94, (nevertheless a tour de force with its
extremely modest material) and #85 (which I find overall the least
interesting of the Paris set).
all the symphonies.