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Diabelli Squared Project
Diabelli Squared Project

More on the Albion College Diabelli Squared Project

Diabelli's Original Variations Project
Diabelli's Original Variations Project

Vaterländischer Künstlerverein

Beethoven's Diabelli Variations
Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

Diabell’ Variations, Op. 120

Other Original Diabelli Variation Submissions
Other Original Diabelli Variation Submissions

50 Variations from composers of Diabelli's day

Recent Submissions

The latest submissions from our commissioned composers, as well as voluntary submissions.

Dr. Carter Pann

"I’m very excited to be a part of this sprawling commission project of Lia’s ! What a creative approach to one of the great masterpieces in our repertoire. ".

Dr. Carter Pann Christoffersen Composition Fellow and Associate Professor of Composition at the College of Music, University of Colorado Boulder
Ryan Powell

I had a blast writing what was one of my first ever compositions for Dr. Jensen-Abbott's brilliant project, which is bringing together many composers from across the globe in such a creative, educational, and fun way!

Ryan Powell Multimedia Composer/Producer
Karen Walwyn, DMA

" I am most honored and humbled to have received the invitation to write a variation for the Diabelli project founded by Dr. Lia Jenson-Abbott. It is an incredible project and a beautiful way to bring the world together in such a musical and harmonious way. She is a role model to be admired as I do. I hope many will join her on this beautiful musical journey. "

Karen Walwyn, DMA Steinway Artist and Duke Mellon Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor at Howard University

Recent Updates

Our Latest News

My Website Launch Party Was Canceled.

Today was supposed to be a great day. After three years of imagining my Diabelli Squared website, this evening was supposed to be the official Albion College live event where the website was put out into the world. My many thanks to Jim Stuart of Albion College and owner of Stirling Books and Brew in Albion, MI, for all of his time and incredibly creative ideas. I couldn’t have this even happening without him. He brought my imagination to reality.

But, the coronavirus situation has made that event not possible. For now. While this is a small disappointment compared to the larger global issues, this website’s entire purpose is to bring people together through music. So from that standpoint, I think everything will turn out just fine. My upcoming concerts where I was going to officially premiere several of my new commissioned variations have been cancelled as well, but I have great hope that I will get to perform them very soon in public. Thank you everyone!

First Blog Post!

Today marks a truly pivotal time for me with this endeavor.  This is the first blog post I get to write for my website about my Albion College Diabelli Squared initiative. 

Thank you for visiting this site!  I hope after reading this, you will strongly consider submitting a variation to this project.  Hopefully you have read the history and genesis of my ideas, so now I’d like to talk to you about why I think this is so crucial in our world today. 

For me, the very essence of a variation symbolizes in microcosm the struggles of our social world.  It makes me sad to see people discriminating against other human beings, and it’s happening constantly.  Variations in a small way, heal these wounds.  Their nature is to embrace all that is constant and common between itself and its variation.  Translation for society?  We are all human.  We are all deserving of dignity and respect.  Then, a variation transcends these commonalities and completely embraces and empowers diversity of all kinds.  Translation for society?  We must love and respect each other for our uniqueness and our wonderfully diverse ideas.  It makes us grow. 

Variations accomplish this so magically.  By submitting a variation for this project, your art will become part of a living, organic piece of music.  My website will never end.  There will always be more submissions, giving me, the performer, the chance to present a new “version” of the Diabelli theme all the time.  Furthermore, I have had the chance to commission nine (to this point) variations from persons around the globe. 

I don’t have endless funds, and while I cannot compensate you for your submission, I will play your music.  I will champion you as a composer, where you’re from, and I will give you space on this site to promote yourself beyond the variation you submit.  Please be part of my Diabelli world.  I hope to spread kindness, compassion, art, music, and hopefully, joy, enrichment, and understanding, throughout our planet through this virtual project. 

All I ask of you is that you agree to let me perform and record your work once it is submitted.  In return, you will be part of a large conglomerate of artists, all striving to give a new and different voice to a two hundred year old theme.  Please embrace this history and its future.  I believe, in a small way, that this can change our world for the good. 

I am honored you have chosen to consider this important work.  I am grateful if you submit.  If you do not have time, please consider sharing my website with your colleagues and your students.  I will play every work submitted as long as I can read the score.  I will love trying to get to know you over time.  And I value you as a musician.  Please submit your variation to me by email (ljensen@albion.edu), and if you have any questions about this endeavor, do not hesitate to contact me. 

Warmly,

Lia Jensen-Abbott

Under Construction

Well we had a good first meeting on the initial release of the website today, with Lia and Jim (there’s something about those three-letter names).

We’ve got consensus on the overall structure and made some initial corrections to the content. And we’ll continue with content development through the end of 2019, with Jim working on initial population of the Anton Diabelli project page and the Albion College Diabelli Squared commissioned pieces, while Lia works on the verbiage for voluntary submissions and the first Director’s blog. We’ll meet again after the new year.

Progress!