"The play simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and the journey of a musicologist, Katherine Brandt, to discover the meaning behind why Beethoven was compelled to write thirty-three distinct variations on a simple theme by a minor music publisher. The progression of her Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and her relationship with her daughter are also themes of the story, as is Beethoven's growing deafness."--Wilipedia, accessed 04/13/2016.
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33 VARIATIONS ANTON DIABELLI ANTON SCHINDLER beautiful Beethoven enters Beethoven replies begins to play Bonn breath Charles Lapointe Clara and Mike CLARA BRANDT composers composition costume design crosses dance daughter David Lander Derek McLane Diabelli Variations Diabelli’s waltz doctors Eighty ducats exits feel ﬁne ﬁnish ﬁrst fugue GERTIE Gertie turns he’s hear Jayne Atkinson KATHERINE BRANDT Katherine enters Kelli Simpkins Kyrie LADENBURGER laughs looks LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Mark Bly Mary Beth Peil master mediocre Mike and Clara MIKE CLARK Moisés Kaufman morphine mother Mozart MRI machine Music ends music publisher nurse Pause pianist plays Variation pig’s Projection Schindler enters Schubert set of variations shutters sketchbook sketches sorry sound soup taken his fancy talk Tectonic Theater Project tell Thank theme There’s thing Transﬁguration Variation 26 Vienna Vivace Cue wait what’s X-ray Yeah you’re