FÜR ELISE

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)

FÜR ELISE (CC BY-SA)

Ludvig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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