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Memory Varied: Igor Levit plays Beethoven’s ‘Diabelli Variations’


Fully booked

Saturday 14 October 2017


At once humorous, dramatic, playful and profound, Beethoven’s monumental ‘Diabelli Variations’ shows one of the all-time great composers at the top of his game, as he subjects a very ordinary, four-square theme to a series of extraordinary transformations.

Before performing the whole work, internationally acclaimed pianist Igor Levit demonstrates the demands Beethoven makes on both the listener’s and performer’s memory. Do we need to remember the original theme during the near-hour duration of the piece? How does a performer memorise so much complicated music? Is memory the essence of the ‘Diabelli Variations’?

Presented in conversation with Sarah Walker

Speakers and performers

  • Igor Levit, pianist
  • Sarah Walker, broadcaster

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11:00 on Friday 29 September.