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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Opening lines of Für Elise


April 27th 1810: Beethoven composes Für Elise

On this day in 1810, the famous German composer Ludwig van Beethoven composed his piano piece Für Elise. Over the course of his life he composed nine symphonies, five piano concertos, thirty-two piano sonatas and sixteen string quartets, despite losing his hearing towards the end of his life. This piece was not published until 1867, long after Beethoven’s death, as the manuscript had been lost. However when it was recovered, Beethoven’s manuscript for the composition was dated 27th April 1810. Für Elise translates as ‘For Elise’, and scholars have long debated the identity of the woman who inspired Beethoven to write this beautiful piece. It is now one of the most famous piano pieces of all time and one of Beethoven’s best known works.

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