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EDITORIAL REVIEW

Beethoven's Fur Elise Sheet Music

by Jennifer Vose

Beethoven's "Fur Elise" (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59), one of the most well-known works in all of classical music, is a piece shrouded in mystery. As many scholars have pondered since the work's publication in 1865, you, too, may be wondering, "who was Elise?"

Given that Fur Elise was not published within Beethoven's lifetime (1770-1827), he left us few traces of his intentions for the piece or of Elise's identity. Some scholars believe that Fur Elise was originally intended for Therese Malfatti, a woman to whom Beethoven unsuccessfully proposed marriage in 1810. Ludwig Nohl, who discovered the manuscript in the 1860s, is thought to have misread the dedication written in Beethoven's own hand, and mistook "Therese" to read "Elise." Still, other scholars speculate that Elise was actually Elisabeth Röckele, a well-known soprano with whom Beethoven held a close friendship, and who eventually married Beethoven's contemporary, Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837). Yet others suspect that Elise was no specific woman at all, but rather a term of endeerment used during Beethoven's time, much as we might use the term "sweetheart" today.

Fur Elise, usually lasting less than 5 minutes, is in rondo form that follows an A-B-A-C-A pattern; the highly-recognizable A section often being taught alone as a pedaling exercise to beginning piano students. While technical mastery of the piece can be achieved by many, it is in the hands of the true artist that the expressiveness of the work, with its many crescendos and decrescendos, ritardandos and accelerandos, shines through. With the work's intimate, legato, and dance-like qualities, coupled with its simple, elegant melody, perhaps there is no better piece than Fur Elise to invite even the most casual listener into the world of classical music.

Whoever Elise may have been, there is no doubt that Beethoven penned this work with deep sentiments in his heart, and with a love tempered by darkness and unanswered longing. Perhaps Beethoven never even intended for Fur Elise to make its way into his published repertoire; and we will never know how Beethoven would truly feel about Fur Elise being played in fast-food restaurant commercials or in dance clubs with strobe lights and techno-beat accompaniment. Regardless of his intentions, Beethoven, through this enduring, mysterious work, once again weaves his way into the depths of our hearts, souls, and collective being.

With the inclusion of suggested fingerings, this digital edition of Fur Elise is perfect for beginner-to-intermediate pianists. Besides the ability to print the sheet music from the pdf file, this edition of Fur Elise also includes Scorch files (for transposition to another instrument), helpful videos, MIDI, and MP3 audio files.

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Rating: 4 Wow, how easy! by on August 18, 2014 @5:00 am PST
Again, Wow. don't buy much online.. Don't buy much sheet music. This was cool!
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Rating: 5 Getting Back into the Saddle by on April 15, 2011 @2:58 am PST
Having not really played the piano for 30 years I splashed out & bought myself a baby grand. Having bought two sets of sheet music from yourselves I was delighted to see that these were not Grade 8!! Easy to sight read after all these years. I look forward to purchasing a lot more sheet music from your company.
Rating: 5 Good review on November 15, 2009 @9:33 pm PST
i was very pleased with the purches and the sheet music was great.. ive only just got back into playing again its been nearly 10 years but its been good and the style was good enougyh for me to read and learn the music
Rating: 5 GREAT DEAL on November 1, 2008 @4:46 pm PST
MY SON REALLY LOVES TO PLAY THIS SONG.
Rating: 5 O.M.G on September 24, 2008 @6:03 pm PST
So fun and entertaining
Rating: 5 fur Elise by on August 30, 2008 @3:55 pm PST
I love fur Elise music
Rating: 5 Satisfied customer by on March 3, 2008 @8:17 am PST
Somehow, I had lost a couple of pages of Fur Elise which I had since I was a young girl.

Imagine how surprised I was when I found your site and the ease with which I completed the transaction. The sheets printed out beautifully and needless to say, I am very happy with it.
Rating: 5 Wonderful! by  * VSM MEMBER * on December 5, 2007 @6:18 am PST
I am just learning piano, and to be able to play classical music is so exciting for me! Much more fun than "Mary Had a Little Lamb!"
Rating: 5 I LOVED IT!! on November 23, 2007 @1:52 am PST
hey thanks guys i loved this piece and im in 8th grade for piano this is by far the best piece i have ever heard on the internet.
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