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Ludwig Van Beethoven

Für Elise

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“Für Elise” (German for “For Elise”) is the popular name of the bagatelle in A minor WoO 59, marked poco moto, a piece of music for solo piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, dated 27 April 1810. Beethoven scholars are not entirely certain who “Elise” was. The most reasonable theory is that Beethoven originally titled his work “Für Therese”, Therese being Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza (1792-1851), whom Beethoven intended to marry in 1810. However, she declined Beethoven’s proposal. In 1816 Therese, who was the daughter of the Viennese merchant Jacob Malfatti von Rohrenbach (1769-1829), married the Austrian nobleman and state official Wilhelm von Droßdik (1771-1859). When the work was published in 1865, the discoverer of the piece, Ludwig Nohl, mistranscribed... Read on...

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More songs by Ludwig Van Beethoven (See Charts): Fifth Symphony, Symphony No. 7, Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata), Symphony No. 5, and Ode To Joy.

Popular in Classical Music (See Charts): Symphony No. 5.


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