Anton Diabelli

guitarist, pianist, composer, editor, music publisher

Anton portrait

Anton Diabelli (5 September 1781 – 7 April 1858) was an Austrian music publisher, editor and composer. Best known in his time as a publisher (he published works of Franz Schubert among others), he is most familiar today as the composer of the waltz on which Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his set of thirty-three Diabelli Variations. His guitar works are popular part of modern guitar repertoire and are often used for educational purposes.

Diabelli was born in Mattsee near Salzburg, then in the Archbishopric of Salzburg. A musical child, he sang in the boys' choir at Salzburg Cathedral where he is believed to have taken music lessons with Michael Haydn. By the age of 19 Diabelli had already composed several important compositions including six masses.

Diabelli was trained to enter the priesthood and in 1800 joined the monastery at Raitenhaslach, Bavaria. He remained there until 1803, when Bavaria closed all its monasteries.

In 1803 Diabelli moved to Vienna and began teaching piano and guitar and found work as a proofreader for a music publisher. During this period he learned the music publishing business while continuing to compose. In 1809 he composed his comic opera, Adam in der Klemme. In 1817 he started a music publishing business and in 1818 he formed a partnership with Pietro Cappi to create the music publishing firm of Cappi & Diabelli.

Cappi & Diabelli became well known by arranging popular pieces so they could be played by amateurs at home. A master of promotion, Diabelli selected widely-accessible music such as famous opera tune arrangements, dance music and popular new comic theatre songs.

The firm soon established a reputation in more serious music circles by championing the works of Franz Schubert. Diabelli recognized the composer's potential and became the first to publish Schubert's work with "Der Erlkönig" in 1821. Diabelli's firm continued to publish Schubert's work until 1823 when an argument between Cappi and Schubert terminated their business. The following year Diabelli and Cappi parted ways, Diabelli launching a new publishing house, Diabelli & Co., in 1824. Following Schubert's early death in 1828 Diabelli purchased a large portion of the composer's massive musical estate from Schubert's brother Ferdinand. As Schubert had hundreds of unpublished works, Diabelli's firm was able to publish "new" Schubert works for more than 30 years after the composer's death.

Diabelli's publishing house expanded throughout his life, before he retired in 1851, leaving it under the control of Carl Anton Spina. When Diabelli died in 1858 Spina continued to run the firm and published much music by Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss. In 1872 the firm was taken over by Friedrich Schreiber and in 1876 it merged with the firm of August Cranz who bought the company in 1879 and ran it under his name.

Diabelli died in Vienna at the age of 76.


  • James Akers (romantic guitar) , Gary Branch (piano) - Classical Vienna: Music for Guitar & Piano
    Classical Vienna: Music for Guitar & Piano
    James Akers (romantic guitar) , Gary Branch (piano)
    Resonus Classics, 2017
    Track list:
    1. Carulli - Nocturne No. 1
    2. Diabelli - Sonata for the Piano Forte and Guitar, Op. 71: I. Allegro moderato
    3. II. Menuetto & Trio
    4. III. Polonaise
    5. Moscheles - Fantasia on 'Potem Mitzwo!'
    6. Carulli - Nocturne No. 2
    7. Giuliani - Sonata Brillante, Op. 15: I. Allegro
    8. II. Adagio
    9. Giuliani - Variations on ‘Nel cor più non mi sento’ & Polonaise: I. Introduzione
    10. II. Variations
    11. III. Polonaise
    12. Carulli - Variations on Themes by Rossini
  • Claudio Giuliani - Diabelli: Complete Guitar Sonatas
    Diabelli: Complete Guitar Sonatas
    Claudio Giuliani
    Brilliant Classics, 2013
    Track list:
    1. Sonata No. 1 in C Major: I. Allegro
    2. II. Andante cantabile
    3. III. Menuetto: Allegro
    4. IV. Rondo: Allegretto
    5. Sonata No. 2 in A Major: I. Allegro risoluto
    6. II. Adagio
    7. III. Menuetto: Allegro
    8. IV. Rondo: Allegretto
    9. Sonata No. 3 in F Major: I. Allegro moderato
    10. II. Andante sostenuto
    11. III. Finale: Adagio – Presto
  • Kyuhee Park - Guitar Recital - Kyuhee Park
    Guitar Recital - Kyuhee Park
    Kyuhee Park
    Naxos, 2013
    Track list:
    1. Scarlatti - Keyboard Sonata in D Major, K.178/L.162/P.392
    2. Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, K.32/L.423/P.14
    3. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.14/L.387/P.70
    4. Diabelli - Guitar Sonata in A Major, Op. 29, No. 2 - I. Allegro moderato
    5. II. Andante sostenuto
    6. III. Minuetto: Quasi scherzo
    7. IV. Rondo: Allegretto
    8. Berkeley - Guitar Sonatina, Op. 52, No. 1 - I. Allegretto
    9. II. Lento - Tempo rubato
    10. III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo - Lento
    11. Malats - Serenata española
    12. Barrios - Un sueno en la Floresta
    13. Vals, Op. 8, No. 4
    14. Vals, Op. 8, No. 4
    15. López - Impresiones y Paisajes
  • Izhar Elias - Adelaide: Beethoven and the Guitar
    Adelaide: Beethoven and the Guitar
    Izhar Elias
    Brilliant Classics, 2013
    Track list:
    1. Adelaide, Op. 46 for Viola and Guitar (Arr. N. Coste)
    2. String quartet, Op. 59 No. 3 ‘Razumovsky’: Andante con moto quasi allegretto for Guitar Duo (Arranged by V. Schuster)
    3. Potpourri on Favorite themes by Beethoven for Violin and Guitar (Arr. A Diabelli)
    4. Piano Sonata No. 12, Op. 26: Marche Funèbre for Guitar Solo (Arr. S. Volker)
    5. Piano Sonata No. 12, Op. 26: Andante varié and Rondeau for Guitar Duo (Arr. F. Carulli)
    6. String quartet, Op. 18 No. 5: Tema con variazioni. Andante cantabile for Guitar Duo (Arranged by V. Schuster)
    7. Serenade, Op. 8 for Guitar, Violin, Viola (Arr W. Matiegka, Izhar Elias): Marcia. Allegro non molto – Adagio
    8. Serenade, Op. 8 for Guitar, Violin, Viola (Arr W. Matiegka, Izhar Elias): Menuetto. Allegro – Trio
    9. Serenade, Op. 8 for Guitar, Violin, Viola (Arr W. Matiegka, Izhar Elias): Adagio – Allegro scherzo
    10. Serenade, Op. 8 for Guitar, Violin, Viola (Arr W. Matiegka, Izhar Elias): Allegretto a la pollacca
    11. Serenade, Op. 8 for Guitar, Violin, Viola (Arr W. Matiegka, Izhar Elias): Andante quasi allegretto con variazioni – Allegro
    12. Serenade, Op. 8 for Guitar, Violin, Viola (Arr W. Matiegka, Izhar Elias): Marcia. Allegro non Molto
    13. Excerpt of Andante Favori, WoO 57 for Guitar Solo (Arr. F. Carulli)
  • Jan Tuláček (guitar), Karel Valter (traverso flute) - Music for Traverso & Guitar: Diabelli, Carulli, Giuliani
    Music for Traverso & Guitar: Diabelli, Carulli, Giuliani
    Jan Tuláček (guitar), Karel Valter (traverso flute)
    Ars Produktion, 2012
    Track list:
  • Johannes Tappert, Thomas Müller-Pering - Diabelli: Guitar Duos
    Diabelli: Guitar Duos
    Johannes Tappert, Thomas Müller-Pering
    Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm, 2006
    Track list:
    1. Rossini - La gazza ladra (arr. for 2 guitars Diabelli): I. Ouverture
    2. II. Cavatina Gianetto /Veni fra queste braccia)
    3. III. Duetto (E ben per ma memoria)
    4. IV. Cavatina Ninette (Di picermi blaza il cor)
    5. V. Aria Podeata (Il mio piano preparato)
    6. VI. Trauermarsch
    7. VII. Schlußgesang (Ecco cossato il vento)\
    8. Variationi sopra un tema favorito, Op. 57: Tema With Variations (Terzguitars)
    9. Grande Sérénade, Op. 100 (Terzguitars): I. Tempo di marcia
    10. II. Menuetto. moderato Cantabile
    11. III. Andantino avec echo
    12. IV. Rondo pastorale
    13. V. Marcia allegro
  • Ilkka Virta (guitar), Miklós Spányi (fortepiano) - Diabelli: Complete Sonatines & Sonatas for Fortepiano & Guitar
    Diabelli: Complete Sonatines & Sonatas for Fortepiano & Guitar
    Ilkka Virta (guitar), Miklós Spányi (fortepiano)
    ALBA Records, 2005
    Track list:
    1. Sonatina in A Major, Op. 68: I. Andante sostenuto
    2. II. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
    3. Sonatina for guitar & piano in G, Op. 70: I. Tempo di Menuetto, assai
    4. moderato - Trio
    5. II. Rondo: Allegretto
    6. Sonata for Piano and Guitar in D Major, Op. 71: I. Allegro moderato
    7. II. Menuetto: Moderato cantabile - Trio
    8. III. Polonaise: Allegretto
    9. Grande sonata Brillante for guitar & piano in D, Op. 102: I. Adagio - Allegro
    10. II. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio: Più moderato
    11. III. Adagio non tanto - Pastorale: Allegretto
  • Folwang Gitarren Duo - Serenaden
    Serenaden
    Folwang Gitarren Duo
    Orfeo / Naxos, 2002
    Track list:
    1. Carulli - Duo in F Major, Op. 34, No. 1 - I. Largo
    2. II. Rondeau
    3. Sor - Souvenir de Russie, Op. 63 - I. Introduction: Andante moderato
    4. II. Variation 1
    5. II. Variation 2
    6. II. Variation 3
    7. II. Variation 4
    8. II. Variation 5
    9. II. Variation 6
    10. II. Variation 7
    11. II. Variation 8
    12. II. Variation 9
    13. III. Allegretto
    14. Diabelli - Serenade No. 3 in F Major, Op. 63 - I. Marcia
    15. II. Menuett
    16. III. Romanze
    17. IV. Rondo
    18. V. Marcia
    19. Carulli - Duo in G Major, Op. 34, No. 2 - I. Largo
    20. II. Rondo
    21. Giuliani, Mauro - Variazioni Concertanti, Op. 130 - I. Introduzione: Maestoso
    22. II. Tema
    23. II. Var. 1
    24. II. Var. 2
    25. II. Var. 3
    26. II. Var. 4
    27. II. Var. 5
    28. II. Var. 6 - Finale
    29. Carulli - Duo in E Major, Op. 34, No. 3 - I. Largo
    30. II. Allegretto
  • Arilicansemble (Mauro Scappini, Luigi Magistrelli, Eros Roselli) - Diabelli: 3 Serenades for Flute, Clarinet & Guitar
    Diabelli: 3 Serenades for Flute, Clarinet & Guitar
    Arilicansemble (Mauro Scappini, Luigi Magistrelli, Eros Roselli)
    ASV Quicksilva Records, 2001
    Track list:
    1. Grande Serenade No.3, Op.66: I. Andante Sostenuto E Cantabile
    2. II. Menuetto Moderato And Trio
    3. III. Andante Cantabile
    4. IV. Rondo Pastorale (Allegretto)
    5. V. March (Allegro)
    6. Grande Serenade No.4, Op.95: I. Andante
    7. II. Allegro Non Tanto E Moderato Con Giusto
    8. III. Menuetto (Moderato Assai E Cantabile) And Trio (Allegro Molto)
    9. IV. Rondo (Allegro)
    10. V. March (Allegro)
    11. Grande Serenade No.5, Op.105: I. Andante Sostenuto
    12. II. Allegro Moderato
    13. III. Adagio Non Tanto
    14. IV. Scherzo (Presto) And Trio (Allegretto)
    15. V. Allegro Non Tanto
    16. VI. March (Allegro Moderato) And Trio
  • Pál Paulicovics (guitar), János Bálint (flute) - Flute and Guitar Arrangements
    Flute and Guitar Arrangements
    Pál Paulicovics (guitar), János Bálint (flute)
    Capriccio / Naxos, 1997
    Track list:
    1. Mozart - Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478 (arr. Carulli) - I. Allegro
    2. III. Rondo: Allegro
    3. Mozart -Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331 (arr. A. Traeg) - I. Theme and Variations: Andante grazioso
    4. I. Variation 1
    5. I. Variation 2
    6. I. Variation 3
    7. I. Variation 4
    8. I. Variation 5: Adagio
    9. I. Variation 6: Allegro
    10. Mozart - Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: II. Adagio (arr. A. Traeg)
    11. Mozart - Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331 (arr. A. Traeg) - II. Menuetto
    12. III. Alla turca: Allegretto
    13. Haydn - Symphony No. 97 in C Major, Hob.I:97: II. Adagio ma non troppo (arr. F. Carulli)
    14. Haydn - Symphony No. 93 in D Major, Hob.I:93: I. Allegro (arr. F. Carulli)
    15. Diabelli - Pot-pourri (after Beethoven's Symphony Nos. 4 and 2, Opp. 28, 24 and 1)
    16. Rossini - Semiramide, Act I: Qual mesto gemito (arr. M. Giuliani)
    17. Weber, Gottfried - Variations on a theme from C.M. von Weber's Freischutz - Theme
    18. Variation 1
    19. Variation 2
    20. Variation 3
    21. Variation 4
    22. Variation 5 (after M. Gumbel)
    23. Variation 6
  • Anthony Glise - Diabelli: The Complete Sonatas For Solo Guitar, Op. 29
    Diabelli: The Complete Sonatas For Solo Guitar, Op. 29
    Anthony Glise
    Dorian Recordings, 1994
    Track list:
    1. Sonata in F: I. Allegro Moderato
    2. II. Andante Sostenuto
    3. III. Finale (Adagio; Presto)
    4. Sonata in A: I. Allegro Risoluto
    5. II. Adagio
    6. III. Menuett And Trio
    7. IV. Rondo (Allegretto, With Cadenza)
    8. Sonata in C: I. Allegro
    9. II. Andante Cantabile
    10. III. Menuett And Trio
    11. IV. Rondo (Allegretto, With Cadenza)
  • Jozef Zsapka (guitar), Anna & Quodo Hölbling (violin) -  Two Violins and One Guitar, Vol. 1
    Two Violins and One Guitar, Vol. 1
    Jozef Zsapka (guitar), Anna & Quodo Hölbling (violin)
    Naxos, 1991
    Track list:
    1. Telemann - Trio Sonata in A Minor, TWV 42:a1 - I. Affettuoso
    2. II. Vivace
    3. III. Grave
    4. IV. Menuet and Trio
    5. Rosenmüller - Trio Sonata in E Minor - I. Grave
    6. II. Allegro
    7. III. Adagio
    8. IV. Prestissimo
    9. V. Andante
    10. Corelli - Sonata da camera in D Minor - I. Allemanda: Adagio
    11. II. Corrente: Allegro
    12. III. Giga: Allegro
    13. Hasse - Trio Sonata in C Major - I. Allegro
    14. II. Adagio
    15. III. Allegro
    16. Gabrielli - Balletto a tre - I. Balletto
    17. II. Giga
    18. Diabelli - Trio - I. Marcia
    19. II. Andante cantabile
    20. III. Scherzando un poco allegro
    21. IV. Menuetto: Moderato
    22. V. Allegretto
  • Sonja Prunnbauer (guitar), Stanislav Heller (fortepiano) - Music for Guitar & Fortepiano
    Music for Guitar & Fortepiano
    Sonja Prunnbauer (guitar), Stanislav Heller (fortepiano)
    Christophorus, 1990
    Track list:
    1. Diabelli - Sonatine A-dur op. 68: I. Andante sostenuto
    2. II. Rondo, Allegro ma non troppo
    3. Diabelli - Grande Sonate Brillante d-moll op. 102: I. Adagio / Allegro
    4. II. Adagio
    5. III. Allegro
    6. Giuliani - Deux Rondeaux op. 68: I. Rondo A-dur Nr. 1
    7. II. Rondo h-moll Nr. 2
    8. Carulli - Gran Duo D-dur op. 70: I. Moderato
    9. II. Largo
    10. III. Allegretto - Andante con Variazioni - Allegretto
  • Boris Björn Bagger (guitar), Kalle Randalu (piano) - Gitarre und Klavier
    Gitarre und Klavier
    Boris Björn Bagger (guitar), Kalle Randalu (piano)
    Melodia, 1988
    Track list:
    1. Carl Maria von Weber - Divertimento op. 38
    2. Anton Diabelli - Grande Sonate op. 102
    3. Anton Diabelli - 6 Very Easy Pieces
  • Julian Bream - Classic Guitar
    Classic Guitar
    Julian Bream
    RCA Red Seal, 1969
    Track list:
    1. Giuliani - Grand Overture, Op. 61
    2. Giuliani - Sonata In C, Op. 15: Allegro
    3. Sor - Introduction And Allegro, Op. 14
    4. Diabelli - Sonata In A: I. Allegro Moderato
    5. II. Andante Sostenuto
    6. III. Menuett
    7. IV. Rondo: Allegretto
    8. Mozart - Larghetto And Allegro, K. Anh. 229

Music For Guitar

One Guitar
Sonata In C Major, Op. 29, Nr. 1
Sonata In A Major, Op. 29, Nr. 2
Sonata In F Major, Op. 29, Nr. 3
Recital Piece For Amateurs, Op. 39
Two Rondos And Two Fugues, Op. 46
10 Light Pieces, op. 89
7 Preludes, Op.103 (before 1829) PDF
12 Light Ländler, Op. 127
Amusements pour les Dames PDF
24 Light Old-Vienna Ländler
5 Viennese Dances
4 Rondinos
Funeral March for the death of Michael Haydn PDF

Two Guitars

Variations On A Favorite Theme, Op. 57
Serenade No.3, Op.63 PDF
4th Serenade, Op. 96
Great Serenade, Op. 100
Cycle On "La Gazza Ladra" By Rossini

Three Guitars

Trio In F Major, Op. 62

Guitar And Piano

Sonatina, Op. 68
Grande Sonate brillante, Op. 102
4 Very Light Pieces
Guitar And Other Instruments
Serenade For Flute And Guitar
Serenata Concertante For Flute Or Violin And Viola Or Guitar, Op. 105
Duo In A Major For Violin And Guitar
Duo In D Major For Violin And Guitar

Guitar And Voice

4 Songs
Music
Homage
Memory
People's Destiny

Music For Voice

"Sechs charakteristische Gesänge" Op. 91 for Voice, Flute and Guitar
"Lieder der Liebe und Zärtlichkeit" Op. 98 for Voice, Flute and Guitar
Pastoral Mass In F Major For Solos, Chorus, And Orchestra, Op. 147
Country Mass In Eb Major For Solos, Chorus, And Orchestra, Op. 107
Mass In C Major For Chorus, Two trumpets, Two Violins, And Figured Bass
Mass In B Major With A "Jubilate Deo" Offertory For Chorus, Two Violins, And Figured Bass
Mass In G Major For Solos, Chorus, And Orchestra
"Jubilate Deo Omnis Terra" For Chorus, Two Violins, And Figured Bass
"Puer Natus Est Nobis"; gradual for chorus and orchestra
"Angelus Ad Pastores"; motet for soprano, chorus, and orchestra
"Prope Est Dominus" For Chorus, Strings, And Organ, Op. 166
"Cantate Domino" For Chorus, Two Violins, And Figured Bass
"The Mayor Election" For Five Male Voices And Strings

Music For Piano

Two Hands
The First Lessons On The Piano, Op. 125
Sonatas
100 Cadenzas, Op. 154
Four Hands
Melodic Practice Pieces, Op. 149
Sonatas Op. 24, Op. 32, Op. 33, Op. 37, Op. 38, Op. 54, Op. 58, Op. 60, And Op. 73
Rondo, Op. 152
2 Cute Sonatas And Military Rondo, Op. 150
"The Friends Of The Children"; six easy sonatinas, Op. 163
Sonatinas, Op. 50, Op. 53, Op. 85, Op. 117, Op. 151, And Op. 168

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