Avram Dehpour tried to find patterns, even an overall grid

or structure for the huge, diverse Diabelli Variations of Beethoven.

What Avram was certain about was that the work begins

with a simple, rather commonplace musical idea, transforms it in

many radical ways, and ends with a sequence of variations

or elements that, in the final analysis, embody a design.

The theme has ceased to reign over its unruly offspring.

The variations decide what the theme may have to offer.

Instead of being confirmed, adorned and glorified, it is improved,

parodied, ridiculed, disclaimed, transfigured, mourned, stamped out and finally uplifted.


Paraphrases from Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations by Alfred Brendel.