Saturday, March 22, 2014

Beethoven's Für Elise

One of my favorite piano music is Beethoven's  Für Elise. My daughter learned this by herself. It is not the whole song but just part if it.   Kindly watch, it's under  1 and 1/2 minutes so it won't take long.  Your comment will be greatly appreciated. 

According to Wikipedia:
  The score of Für Elise 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" we hear today is an earlier version that was transcribed by Ludwig Nohl. 
  • There is a later version, with drastic changes to the accompaniment which was transcribed from a later manuscript by Barry Cooper. 
  • The most notable difference is in the first theme, the left-hand arpeggios are delayed by a 16th note beat. 
  • There are a few extra bars in the transitional section into the B section; and finally, the rising A minor arpeggio figure is moved later into the piece. 
  • The tempo marking Poco moto is believed to have been on the manuscript that Ludwig Nohl transcribed (now lost). 
  • The later version includes the marking Molto grazioso. It is believed that Beethoven intended to add the piece to a cycle of bagatelles. 
Therese Malfatti, widely believed to be the dedicatee of "Für Elise" 
  • The pianist and musicologist Luca Chiantore (es) argued in his thesis and his 2010 book Beethoven al piano that Beethoven might not have been the person who gave the piece the form that we know today. 
  • Chiantore suggested that the original signed manuscript, upon which Ludwig Nohl claimed to base his transcription, may never have existed. 
  • On the other hand, the musicologist Barry Cooper stated, in a 1984 essay in The Musical Times, that one of two surviving sketches closely resembles the published version.

You can find out more about Fur Elise by visiting this linkür_Elise


  1. wow, very impressive your little girl has a talent.

  2. This is a very familiar tune and glad to note that your daughter plays it well.

  3. Wow! that's pretty good! I wish I could play piano too:( Your daughter is a total package: beauty and talent !

  4. it's makes us parents proud to see that our kids grown to have love of music...your daughter is amazing.

  5. wow, Rylie plays it well, and what's inspiring to know is she learned to play it by herself, very talented. I love Fur Elise

  6. Beethoven's music is just timeless and is relevant until now.

  7. wow! galing naman...I also love this listening in my piano CD..but also remind me of Filipino Horror movie. hehe..

  8. Bravo Rylie!! You play it well,I love fur Elise,I wish I could play it too..keep it up Ryl,tita Lyn was so proud of you :-)

  9. Wow! Congrats Ms. Pretty girl :-) you are one very talented with beauty and brains :-) Great job Mommy Rose :-)

  10. awwwwww....great job, Rye! you should teach Akesh when you guys come over again....:)

  11. Beethoven's music is also really calming and relaxing.

  12. Beethoven is my top favorite and I remember that way back when I was younger - I also studied to play it in the piano for a while din. Super galing nya, haha! and she learned it all by herself - that's a great job!

  13. Beethoven is my top favorite and I remember that way back when I was younger - I also studied to play it in the piano for a while din. Super galing nya, haha! and she learned it all by herself - that's a great job!

  14. I have a copy of this piece from Richard
    Clayderman...liked this music when I'm alone thinking of something..

  15. Ang galing galing naman nya sis. She looks pro! Talented talaga ng mga anak mo, you are so blessed.

  16. Wow! I'm sure you're a proud parent :) She knows how to play the song perfectly. Way to go little one! Hoping that she'll be able to improve and become a better musician as she grows old :)

  17. This is also one of my favorites! It's one of them tunes that get stuck in my head even though it has no words. I love it!


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