Beethoven's most popular composition and one of the most recognizable works of classical music, known by the German name Für Elise. This is a three-minute bagatelle (short composition for piano with light content) in A minor, the premiere of which was given on April 27, 1810.
The numerous experts on Beethoven's work do not know for sure who was Elise. They reasonably believe that the great German composer at his forties, composed the work"For Theresa» ( «Für Therese»), in order to impress the eighteen years old Teresa Malfati.
She was a friend and student of Beethoven's to whom he supposedly proposed in 1810, though she turned him down to marry the young Austrian nobleman and state official Wilhelm von Droßdik in 1816.
The work was published in 1867. Max Unger (1883-1959 German musicologist) suggested that Ludwig Nohl who had discover and publish Beethoven's "Für Elise", may have transcribed the title incorrectly and the original work may have been named "Für Therese".
But this excerpt of the 1867 Nohl's published collection states:
* Das nachſtehende bisher unbekannte, zwar nicht eben bedeutende aber recht anmuthige Klavierſtückchen ſtammt ebenfalls aus dem Nachlaß der Frau Thereſe von Droßdick geb. Malfatti, die es der Frl. Bredl in München geſchenkt hat. Es iſt zwar nicht für Thereſe geſchrieben, ſondern enthält von Beethovens Hand die Aufſchrift: „Für Eliſe am 27. April zur Erinnerung von L. v. Bthvn,“
...The following unknown not great but quite graceful piece of piano is also from the estate of Frau Therese von Droßdick, born Malfatti, presented by Miss Bredl in Munich. It is not written for Therese but contains of Beethoven's hand the inscription: "For Elise on April 27 to remember L. v. Bthvn, "...
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