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About the Music

The German title Für Elise simply means “For Elise”: Not only is Für Elise not even the piece’s official title, but music historians are not even sure Beethoven ever knew an Elise! Most likely, the piece was intended to be “For Therese,” referring to Therese Malfatti to whom Beethoven proposed in 1810, which, incidentally, is the year Beethoven composed this piece. Ludwig Nohl discovered the piece in 1865 and it is assumed that Beethoven’s handwriting in the title was hardly legible and that Nohl misread “Therese” as “Elise.” (This theory will hardly seem speculative to anyone who has ever tried to decipher Beethoven’s handwriting.) The manuscript is now lost, and we’ll never know for sure.

Für Elise is actually a bagatelle, which simply means “trifle.” Beethoven composed three full sets of bagatelles, one of them seemingly so “trifling” that Beethoven’s publisher deemed the pieces unworthy of the master!