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  • The Diabelli Variations are the comic high point in Beethoven's music, with spell-binding fugues and brilliant variations interspersed with hilarious parodies of bad music and the finger exercises of Johann Baptist Cramer.
  • The "Turkish march" section of the Ninth Symphony is a rare bit of comic relief in an otherwise quite serious work. It comes directly on the heels of a big, climactic held chord in the chorus, quiet and almost grotesque in feel — an excellent example of what some writers have called romantic irony.

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