Beethoven’s Für Elise – who’s Elise?

One of the most beautiful pieces of music, Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’ was actually ‘Für Therese’.

Copywriter Ludwig Nohl, unintentionally changed it to quite a different name.

Therese, true dedicatee of ‘Für Elise’ was Therese Malfatti, a woman who Beethoven proposed the year he composed ‘Für Elise’. She was the owner of the manuscript. A friend & student of Beethoven but she married an Austrian nobleman. 


Some researchers have suggested Elise was a German soprano named Elisabeth Röckel. Röckel played Florestan in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. Beethoven fell in love & wanted to marry her.


There’s a 3rd candidate. Another German soprano & friend of Beethoven called Elise Barensfeld


Who’s the mystery woman?


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