Ludwig van Beethoven: What Does Für Elise Mean (and Who Was it For)?

BY Victor Eshiet

Für Elise is one of the most known music composed by Beethoven. Fur Elise is also one of classical era most popular music.

Für Elise is a sobriquet of Bagatelle in A minor WoO 5′ and it was coined on the 27th of April, 1810.

In spite the fact that the music is one of his most well known pieces and a staple for piano tutors all globally, Beethoven never rated it that much.

It was found secured in a cabinet until after his demise with the mark ‘Für Elise’ jotted on it his chaotic, particular handwriting.

A few years after Beethoven’s passed on, Ludwig Nohl who was also a musicologist discovered the piece in 1867 and made it public same year.

In this article, we’ll take a gander at the interesting history of Für Elise and attempt to set up the character of this tricky Elise.

What does Für Elise means?

So having read through the introduction of this article, what is the meaning of Für Elise? The answer is quite simple. “Für Elise” is German and it means “For Elise.”

Elise is a lady’s name, normally (yet not generally) a shortening of the name Elisabeth.

Recall we said the complete name was ‘Für Elise: Bagatelle in A minor WoO 5’ in the introduction of this article.

A bagatelle was characterized as a carefree, pointless piece of music. The digits toward the end (‘WoO’) are a condensing for ‘work without opus (creation) number’ as Beethoven didn’t give this piece any number of opus.

Who Was Elise?

It’s for the most part acknowledged that Elise was an interest of love. Be that as it may, which one? There are various hypotheses, theories and speculations…

Theory 1: Therese Malfatti

The most probable dedicatee was one of his understudies, an Austrian blue-blood which was by name Therese Malfatti.

Ludwig van Beethoven was interested in making her his wife and had proposed her, however, she dismissed his proposition to be engaged – van Beethoven had a propensity for succumbing to blue-blooded (aristocratic) women who loved his kind of music (yet tragically not his character).

Furthermore, the Für Elise composition manuscript was really found in Therese’s ownership by Ludwig Nohl. Would she have the composition manuscript in the off chance she were not the dedicatee?

A well known hypothesis proposes that Ludwig Nohl really misread Beethoven’s scrawl and that it really said ‘Für Therese’ instead of Fur Elise.

We will never know for sure as the original copy has since a long time ago disappeared.

Theory 2: Elise Barensfeld, Therese’s neighbor!

Elise Barensfeld whose complete name was Juliane Katharine Elisabet Barensfeld a soprano singer and furthermore Therese Malfatti’s neighbor.

It is getting more of complicated isn’t it? Well read on!

Therese Malfatti was also Elise Barensfeld’s piano instructor. The hypothesis goes that Ludwig van Beethoven composed this simple bagatelle for Therese who was her student just to instruct to Elise.

Theory 3: Elisabeth Röckel

Or on the other hand was Elise really the singer of opera Elisabeth Röckel who acted in his well known drama Fidelio?

Für Elise was written in 1810, when Ludwig van Beethoven and Elisabeth Röckel has been close. That was until she went off and wedded his opponent Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

Für Elise has been so Popular, why?

Fur Elise as a staple piano music, piano educators and amateur musicians all throughout the planet have played it endlessly.

In any case, as a piece of music what makes Für Elise so unique?

Indeed, basically, it’s so natural and easy to play.

The first segment which is the primary segment (the theme) is the bit everybody knows – the right hand playing the song and the left hand playing arpeggios. It’s not difficult to learn and as a classical piece, it is generally clear.

This goes a long way to makes it a fundamental piece for amateurs and rolls out a welcome improvement from Mary Had a Little Lamb!

Fur Elise is written in rondo firm and with the structure of A–B–A–C–A. The B and C areas are much harder (in the keys E, C, G and F majors) thus why a great deal of novices simply become familiar with the A segment.

Did you know that Beethoven was essential for the music of the romantic development in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century. Romantic music steers clear of the word romance itself. In this unique situation, music of the Romantic era was tied in with rebelling against the modern transformation and ‘the unquestioning confidence in the viability of reason’, otherwise called hyper-logic.

Parting Words

So presently you discover somewhat more with regards to the historical backdrop of this composition of classicism. I surmise we may never get to know most certainly who the dedicatee was.
Anyway, it’s as yet an incredible piece of music. Furthermore, a little secret is some of the time something worth being thankful for.

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