Anton Diabelli (1781 - 1858)
A minor composer, Diabelli established a major music publishing house in Vienna. His name is remembered above all for the variations he commissioned from various composers, resulting in Beethoven’s ‘Diabelli’ Variations.
Diabelli’s compositions enjoyed considerable contemporary popularity and his piano duets have continued to serve ambitious and struggling beginners. As a composer he had a feeling for the lighter musical tastes of his time and the demands of the amateur musician.