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We are not created to be immortal. Our creations, however, can be.
The year is 1819. Beethoven is asked to write a variation on a waltz by publisher Anton Diabelli. Beethoven has no interest in the offer. His health is in decline. His finances are in shambles. He's laboring to complete his Ninth Symphony and he finds the waltz mediocre and simple. Yet in spite of it all he becomes obsessed with this 'cobbler's patch' and spends the next 5 years writing not one but thirty-three variations, creating "the greatest set of variations ever written.”*
The year is now 2007. Dr. Katherine Brandt, musicologist, has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Her relationship with her daughter is estranged. Her symptoms have begun to appear and her terminal path is fixed. Yet she becomes obsessed -- Katherine yearns to uncover why Ludwig van Beethoven, the foremost composer of all time, becomes obsessed with writing variations on a mundane waltz. And why would he write so many? What did he see in this trifle that would elevate its composition to stardom in memoriam?
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