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An Experimental Walking Concert

252 years Ludwig van Beethoven - and still the famous Diabelli Variations are an almost utopian work! The principle of variation fascinated Beethoven, he wrote almost 50 variation works. The 33 variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli op. 120, however, leave all others behind in complexity and dimension: almost an hour of piano music in C major and C minor, variation after variation, and yet everywhere difference, obstinacy, poetry and something never heard before.

GRAFIK MUSIKNOTEN © visitBerlin, Illustration Klio Karadim

"Cosmos Beethoven's Diabelli Variations" approaches Beethoven's creativity through an experimental change concert. Knowledge about the Diabelli Variations, a laboratory for listening to music, and stations for music analysis are combined with a performance of the work. In a combination of concert and one-day exhibition, the audience moves through a staged space of sound, image, and knowledge that transforms in real time with the music and is enriched by new variations. The event format was developed by students of the University of Potsdam under the direction of Prof. Dr. Christian Thorau and is also intended as a contribution to scientific communication about music.

Experience the venue of the Museum of Musical Instruments in a new way: Some variations will not only be played on the modern grand piano, but also on the harpsichord, the fortepiano as well as the prepared piano.

Sit still and listen? Walk around and discover! We wish you a lot of listening, seeing and discovering pleasure!

Björn Lehmann (piano), Li-Chun Su (harpsichord, fortepiano) and students of the University of Potsdam, conductor: Prof. Dr. Christian Thorau

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Gösta Neuwirth and Cya Bazzaz.
Additional information
Price: €14.00

Reduced price: €8.00

Booking: Advance booking of tickets by phone: 030.25481178 or

Entry 30 minutes before the start of the concert.
Musikinstrumentenmuseum - Ben-Gurion-Straße
Musikinstrumentenmuseum - Ben-Gurion-Straße