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BEETHOVEN250 Piano Recital with Rudolf Buchbinder

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Conductors
& Performers

Rudolf Buchbinder

Piano

program

Waltz in C major
Diabelli
New Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli
Various
Historical Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli
Various
Diabelli Variations, Opus 120
Ludwig van Beethoven

performances

Davies Symphony Hall

Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 7:30PM

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Event Description

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all San Francisco Symphony concerts through December 31, 2020. We look forward to returning stronger and more vibrant than ever and sharing live music with you again soon.

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How many variations can spring from one, simple theme? A lot, it turns out. When Diabelli wrote his Waltz in C major he asked his contemporaries to write variations on the lilting little melody. What started as a carefree, jaunty waltz, has since inspired two centuries of composers. Beethoven started with 33 variations, a monumental ode to the piano and to Diabelli. Then came Schubert’s version translated into a more introspective minor key, Liszt’s buoyant romp through the waltz, and 20th-century reimaginings that turn things upside thanks to the genius of Penderecki, Richter, and Widmann, among others. Follow the twists and turns of Western classical music through the prism of Diabelli’s waltz. Your guide through this musical time travel? The incomparable pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder.

The San Francisco Symphony does not appear in this performance.