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Klavierstück in A minor 'Für Elise', WoO59

composer
27 April 1810; Für Elise [or, Therese] am 27. April zur Erinnerung an L. v. Bthvn

 
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Für Elise dates from 1808 or 1810 and is a small chip indeed from the workshop that in the latter year produced, for example, the opus 95 string quartet. It is a popular and appealing piece, however, first published as late as 1867. The manuscript is lost, but it may have been inscribed ‘Für Therese’, signifying Therese Malfatti to whom Beethoven seems to have proposed (unsuccessfully) in 1810.

from notes by Max Harrison © 1986

Für Elise («Lettre à Élise» – 1808 ou 1810) 5 de Ludwig van Beethoven est un bien modeste copeau pour un atelier d’où sortirent, en 1810, des œuvres comme le quatuor à cordes, op.95. Il s’agit cependant d’une pièce populaire et séduisante, dont la première publication dut attendre 1867. Le manuscrit, perdu, portait peut-être la mention «Für Therese» – en l’occurrence Therese Malfatti qui, en 1810, aurait éconduit Beethoven et sa demande en mariage.

extrait des notes rédigées par Max Harrison © 1986
Français: Hypérion

Ludwig van Beethovens Für Elise stammt von 1808 oder 1810 und ist wahrhaftig ein kleiner Hobelspan aus jener Werkstatt, die beispielsweise 1810 das Streichquartett op. 95 hervorbrachte. Es handelt sich nichtsdestoweniger um ein beliebtes und ansprechendes Stück, auch wenn es erst 1867 veröffentlicht wurde. Die Urschrift ist verschollen, doch könnte sie die Inschrift „Für Therese“ getragen haben, ein Hinweis auf Therese Malfatti, der Beethoven offenbar 1810 einen abgewiesenen Heiratsantrag machte.

aus dem Begleittext von Max Harrison © 1986
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Beethoven: Bagatelles
Studio Master: CDA67879Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
APR7502Download only
For Children
CDH55194
Myra Hess – The complete solo and concerto studio recordings
APR7504Download only

Details

Track 30 on CDA67879 [3'26]
Track 5 on CDH55194 [3'08]
Track 22 on APR7502 CD4 [3'17] Download only
Track 12 on APR7504 CD4 [3'14] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDH55194 track 5

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-18505
Duration
3'08
Recording date
20 June 1985
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. For Children (CDA66185)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: May 1987
    Deletion date: November 2004
    Superseded by CDH55194
  2. For Children (CDH55194)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: March 2005
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