This chapter presents an introduction to the transcriptions of the two central documents in the genesis of the Diabelli Variations — the reconstructed Wittgenstein Sketchbook and the Paris–Landsberg–Montauban Draft — provided in Chapter XI. Whereas the other sketch sources could be adequately discussed with the aid of musical examples in the text, the scale, complexity, and chronological significance of Wittgenstein and the PLM Draft warrant complete transcription. These sources provide the reader with a rare opportunity to glimpse into Beethoven's workshop at a formative stage of one of his greatest works.
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