Fur Elise–Notes Upon a Bagatelle

Orange leaves

This afternoon, one of my co-workers was humming the famous Beethoven bagatelle, Fur Elise, as I walked by. Written in 1810, when Beethoven was 40 years old, it wasn’t published until 1865, long after the composer had well decomposed.

201 years ago, Beethoven could not have imagined that his notations would still be relevant, and still in the hearts and minds of ordinary people – the same as those who studied with him, and went to hear him play. I think he would be proud to know it was all worthwhile.

Author: Virginia Wagner Galfo

These are scary times. Prepare yourself to take a stand for what is right. God damn it, just be kind!

3 thoughts on “Fur Elise–Notes Upon a Bagatelle”

    1. Hi, Thanks for stopping by. The identity of “Elise” is not known, and various scholars have different theories, but none are without doubt. I have always had tremendous empathy for Beethoven.


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