Ludwig van Beethoven: Für Elise

Ludwig van Beethoven: Für Elise for piano WoO 59, 60 | UT50053

The original sheet music of "Für Elise" for piano and the Albumleaf "Piano Piece in B flat major" are edited in this urtext edition from the autograph and first print by Alfred Brendel.

Instrument:
for piano
Edition type:
urtext edition
Composer:
Beethoven Ludwig van
Series:
Wiener Urtext Edition
Theme:
Wiener Urtext Edition
Catalogue Number:
WoO 59, 60
  • UT50053
  • ISBN: 978-3-85055-053-6
  • ISMN: 979-0-50057-053-0
  • 23.1 × 30.3 cm
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Sample Pages

Contents – Für Elise for piano WoO 59, 60

  • Klavierstück B-Dur WoO 60
  • Für Elise a-Moll WoO 59

Description

The two Albumleaves in this edition are on the same level as Beethoven's loveliest bagatelles. The first Albumleaf, which became famous as "Für Elise", was probably composed for Therese Malfatti, whom Beethoven greatly admired. (lt dates from the spring of 1810, when Beethoven was considering proposing marriage to Therese Malfatti.) Nohl, who published the piece in 1867 in his Neue Beethovenbriefe, must then have read "Therese" as "Elise", which does not really surprise anyone who has seen Beethoven's handwriting. The melancholy - even depressive - charm of this Albumleaf shows Beethoven from an unusual angle. According to Nottebohm, the piece appeared in the manuscript, which is now lost, as No. 12 of a set of bagatelles; Beethoven used some of the rest in the Bagatelles Opp. 119 and 126. The other Albumleaf, a Piano Piece in B flat major, could hardly have been "composed by Beethoven on request the afternoon of 14th August 1818" as the first edition claims. The music alternately s

Additional information

Instrument:
for piano
Edition type:
urtext edition
Composer:
Beethoven Ludwig van
Series:
Wiener Urtext Edition
Theme:
Wiener Urtext Edition
Catalogue Number:
WoO 59, 60

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