|Ludwig van Beethoven|
Ludwig van Beethoven lived during 1770-1827. Beethoven is considered one of the greatest composers of all time. As a young boy, he was admired by Mozart and Haydn. His amazing technical skills and great compositions gave him support from the Viennese aristocracy, even though he was not very famous and his behavior was boorish (not well mannered). In 1801, he became partially deaf and in 1817, he was completely deaf. That didn't stop him from creating beautiful music. In 1817, he composed one of his most famous pieces, the ninth symphony.
Beethoven wrote Für Elise when he was partially deaf around 1810. No one knows who Beethoven meant to write Für Elise which means For Elise. A researcher named Ludwig Nohl said that he saw a dedication Für Elise written on the original music that is now missing. Beethoven was in love with a woman named Therese Malfatti around the time he created Für Elise. The researcher Ludwig Nohl might have misread the composer's poor handwriting which then would have said Für Therese. Another researcher named Klaus Martin Kopitz said Elise may have been the nickname of a famous opera singer Elisabeth Röckel, another women that Beethoven fell in love with. Für Elise was published in 1865, well after Beethoven's death in 1827.
Für Elise is one of my favorite pieces. I will now be playing Beethoven's Für Elise.
Who do you think Für Elise was dedicated to?
Did you like the music?