Für Elise (For Elise) is the subtitle of one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions. The official title is Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor.
Played with a romantic melody in the right hand and supported by arpeggios in the left hand, Für Elise is one of Beethoven’s most recognizable pieces. However, the score was not published until 1867, 40 years after Beethoven’s death.
Pianist and musicologist Luca Chiantore argues that Beethoven might not have been the person who shaped the piece as we know it today. Chiantore states that the original signed manuscript may even have never existed, even though musicologist Barry believes that one of the two surviving outlines closely resembles the published version of Fur Elise.