Fur Elise Songsheet
Fur Elise piano sheet music
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Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59 and Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as “Für Elise” meaning ‘For Elise’, is one of his most popular compositions.
Beethoven created this incredibly moving melody on a basis of simplicity, with the main theme being based around just two chords and both the right hand and the left hand playing just one note each at a time, rather than playing the entire chords. This simplicity means that it is one of the easiest pieces of famous classical music to learn to play on piano.
There is much speculation about the identity of the elusive “Elise” with some speculation that it may have referred to Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza, to whom Beethoven proposed marriage, but was refused.
It is fortunate that Ludwig Nohl discovered this amazingly beautiful piece of piano music, enabling the music to be published in 1867, some 40 years after Beethoven’s death in 1827. Beethoven’s original manuscript is now lost and although there have been other versions such as the one transcribed by Barry Cooper, which makes significant changes to the left hand arpeggios, the version that we hear today was Nohl transcribed by Nohl.