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33 Variations
Title : 33 Variations
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ISBN : 9780822223924
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 107

A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play abA mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.


33 Variations Reviews

  • Rosemary

    I came to this book (script) the opposite way of many other reviewers. I saw a brilliant, moving, and often funny production by the Little Theatre of Alexandria (VA) and yes, it included the music, played live by a gifted pianist who was on stage throughout in an alcove that was lit when he was playing. The other seven characters were brought to life in such unforgettable performances, and the text so tightly layered between Beethoven and his coterie, and the contemporary characters, that I had [...]

  • Angelique

    Loved it! Although there are a few convenient events that happen (like the nurse and the person in Bonn who ALSO knows someone with ALS!), it has some magic and possibly one to stage myself.

  • Maralyn

    I loved this study of how Beethoven was driven to fully explore the variant possibilities inherent in a simple composition. In fact I am aching to play the musicologist who becomes obsessed with understanding his compulsion. [The rôle was performed on Broadway by Jane Fonda.] The character's struggle with ALS and her concern for an unmarried daughter are subjects I can relate to on a very personal level, but what lifts the play into a more universal appeal is the music itself which is woven aro [...]

  • Frank

    Moises Kaufman's 2009 play parallels the efforts of a musicologist battling ALS as she writes a radical new interpretation of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations with the composer's efforts to write those variations while coping with increasing hearing loss. Although a complicated production, there's much to recommend in the way he shapes the characters and the theatricality with which he presents their struggles.

  • Emily

    I enjoyed reading this play very much. On the whole, it's witty, engaging, honest, and tugs at the heartstrings without begging you to feel. That said, I found it a little gimmicky in places (particularly the minuet sequence) and a little slow in others.I suspect (and am assured by others) that it plays better on stage than it reads on the page. I hope I get the chance to find that out for myself sometime.

  • Jeannie Zeck

    This play reminded me of Margaret Edson's Wit: both plays are about academic women who are terminally ill and have personal lessons to learn before they die. Kaufman's play deals with a musicologist who is fascinated by Beethoven's 33 variations on Diabelli's waltz. She researches Beethoven and struggles with her relationship with her grown daughter. One effort illuminates the other.

  • Jeff

    While I don't know the Diabelli Variations very well and imagine that several of the scenes here only achieve their gull power when being staged, this is a deeply moving and insightful play about the discord and harmony of music and human relationships.

  • G. Derek Adams

    A really beautiful show -- technical features [music, lights, sound, video] demanding, but not impossible. The use of space and the stage language is really amazing. Admittedly I'm kind of a sucker for 'music' shows.

  • Melody

    I now want to see this staged so badly. It had everything I love, the exploration of history to explain the present, overlapping of time. The ending reminded me of Arcadia in the best possible way, but is still it's striking, separate image.

  • Wendy

    The exploration of history, time, music, and relationships was interesting and beautiful. I'd love to see it staged sometime. I'm sure that the music alone would add amazing layers of complexity to the piece.

  • Denise

    I want to see this show, but it MUST have the music with it. I only made it about 1/2 way through the book b/c it needs the music. I could feel Bethoven's obsession and his drive to continue to develop the variations. I quit the book b/c it was too empty without the music. MUST SEE PLAY.

  • Robert Parks Johnson

    Compelling historical mystery as a contemporary musicologist unravels the story of one of Beethoven's greatest compositions for the piano. Splendid acting roles here.

  • Perry Allison

    both read and saw this play. Loved it. It's a fabulous piece with many layers.