- •"Arietta" from piano Sonata no. 32 by L. v. BeethovenThese Variations are so great, Thomas Mann spent a reasonably large amount of his book "Doktor Faustus" with it (although he makes a crucial mistake connected to the word "Wiesengrund")
- •Ciaconna from the partita no. 2 for Violin Solo from J. S. Bach (BWV 1004)Obviously
- •Diabelli-Variations by Beethoven
- •Chaconne in F Minor by J. PachelbelSimple, nice tune. It's hard to say what i like here, but i found myself listening to it over and over again over the years.
- •Last Movement of the String Quarter no. 2 by D. ShostakovichInventive Variations and a powerful finale.
- •"Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Bach" by Max RegerStarts harmless, explores the range of tonality.
- •2nd Movement of the String Quartet no. 12 by L.v. BeethovenIt's a sad variation.
- •"Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus" by Olivier MessiaenNot a Variational cycle in the traditional sense... instead, he uses a number of leitmotifs.
- •"The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" by Frederic Rzewski