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Fur Elise

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Mike Korson)

General Info

Year: 1810 / 1867 / 2019
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Saxophone I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone I-II
Bass Saxophone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor is rarely referred to in such terms. The well-known composition for solo piano is commonly referred to by its nickname, Für Elise (German for ‘for Elise’). A popular edition to any pianist’s program, the piece remains a mystery with the identity of “Elise” still being unknown, and the discovery of the work not occurring until forty years after Beethoven’s death.

The piece is in rondo form, ABACA, and begins with a theme alternating between the keys of A minor and E major. The B section includes much more technically demanding passages in the submediant key of F major, leading to a return of the A section. The C section brings in an agitated theme in the key of D minor, accompanied by repetitive pedal point chords as well as dramatic diminished seventh chords. The conclusion of this section ends with a chromatic descent over two octaves to lead into the last A section.

This new arrangement of Für Elise for saxophone ensemble follows the same rondo form and includes the same themes in their respective keys, but are performed in ragtime style. The syncopated melodies accompanied by the strong down beats and chordal upbeats make for giving this arrangement a “ragged” feel.

- Program Note by arranger

Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as Für Elise, is one of Ludwig van Beethoven's most popular compositions. It was not published during his lifetime, only being discovered (by Ludwig Nohl) 40 years after his death, and may be termed either a Bagatelle or an Albumblatt. The identity of "Elise" is unknown; researchers have suggested Therese Malfatti, Elisabeth Röckel, or Elise Barensfeld.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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