Beethoven Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor "Für Elise"

Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59 and Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as "Für Elise" or "Fuer Elise" (German: [fyːʁ eːˈliːzə] ( listen), English: "For Elise", commonly written without Germanic umlaut marks as "Fur Elise"), is one of Ludwig van Beethoven's most popular compositions. It is usually classified as a bagatelle, but it is also sometimes referred to as an Albumblatt. It is not certain who "Elise" was. Max Unger suggested that Ludwig Nohl may have transcribed the title incorrectly and the original work may have been named "Für Therese", a reference to Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza (1792–1851). She was a friend and student of Beethoven's to whom he supposedly proposed in 1810, though she turned him down to marry the Austrian nobleman and state official Wilhelm von Droßdik in 1816. Note that the piano sonata no.24, dedicated to Countess Thérèse von Brunswick, is also referred to sometimes as "für Therese". The score was not published until 1867, 40 years after the composer's death in 1827. The discoverer of the piece, Ludwig Nohl, affirmed that the original autographed manuscript, now lost, was dated 27 April 1810.


The version of "Für Elise" heard today is an earlier version that was transcribed by Ludwig Nohl. VIDEO: Ivo Pogorelich plays Beethoven's "Fur elise". Video messes up in some spots, but it's nothing too bad.


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