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Tips for approaching Fur Elise

Interesting insights to approach one of the most famous piano pieces

Released on September 4, 2013

  
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Welcome. I'm Robert Estrin with LivingPianos.com and VirtualSheetMusic.com. Today's show, tips for approaching Beethoven Fur Elise. Now, many of you know Beethoven's Fur Elise is a very famous piece. And you know, a lot of people will start playing it, and everything sounds fine until they get to the middle section. And then suddenly, they're going way slower because what happens is the notes get much faster later. Now Beethoven, in all his wisdom, marked the tempo "con moto," with motion, but not fast, not allegro. So you want to have a relaxed tempo of Fur Elise so that the change to the middle section, you can accomplish. So here is a more appropriate tempo for you for Fur Elise. That way, when you get to the middle section, it's not so hair-raising.

So it all fits together seamlessly. So the mistake you don't want to make is starting the piece too fast and then having to sound labored and slower in the middle section. Those will make a big difference. Now, another thing I really want to suggest to you is to count. This piece is in three-eight time. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people play it when they play it the wrong number of . . . You really have to count to know how many repetitions of the D-sharps to Es there are. Go through your score and count it out. Use the metronome so you can match tempos with the first section and the faster middle section, and you should do great with Fur Elise.

Thank you for joining me, Robert Estrin here at VirtualSheetMusic.com and LivingPianos.com. Until next time.
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Dorinda on May 22, 2015 @1:15 pm PST
I just received the link to this the other day, and what great timing! I have a student who has been working on it and wants to play it for our recital next week but isn't ready. I passed this video on to her for some food for thought. Thank you.
justin jay on September 14, 2013 @8:40 pm PST
how to play mordent ?
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Robert Estrin - host, on September 16, 2013 @12:14 pm PST
This is a good topic for a future video. Please watch for it!
Guy-Robert Porter * VSM MEMBER * on September 4, 2013 @4:04 pm PST
I would enjoy a discussion of the third part of the Pathetique, where the melody moves down the keyboard. And also... all of your videos are truly superb. Great lessons, wonderful tips. Keep 'em coming.
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Robert - host, on September 5, 2013 @1:34 pm PST
There is a Pathetique tutorial video in the works which you may be hearing about.
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