Bagatelle no.25 in A Minor
FÜR ELISE is a charming bagatelle (a short piece of music) for piano, which Beethoven is originally believed to have written for a girl he was hoping to marry, called Therese. However, she turned him down, and the piece was only discovered – and then published – after his death. Unfortunately, the publisher misread Beethoven’s terrible handwriting, and thought that the dedication was to a girl called Elise, rather than Therese.
OTHER PIECES COMPOSED BY BEETHOVEN
- 32 Piano Sonatas (including the Pathétique and the Moonlight)
- 5 Piano Concertos (including no.5 – the Emperor Concerto)
- 9 Symphonies (the most famous being no.5 and no.9)