Beethoven Fur Elise

Beethoven Fur Elise

Music Description

Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59 and Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as “Für Elise” or “Fuer Elise” sometimes written without Germanic umlaut marks as “Fur Elise”), is one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular compositions.

The piece has been used in the following pop culture contexts:

Nas sampled Für Elise on his 2002 inspirational rap song “I Can.”

Für Elise was also used as a sample in the song “Same Script, Different Cast” by Whitney Houston and Deborah Cox which appeared on Whitney’s Greatest Hits album.

It also makes an appearance in John Zorn’s arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s “The Big Gundown” on the album of the same title.

Dance Dance Revolution Extreme features a song called “Speed Over Beethoven” which features samples and melodies from “Für Elise”

Für Elise is also played on the movie IT, based on the novel with the same title by Stephen King.

In Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure Beethoven is seen playing Fur Elise right as Bill and Ted pick him up to take him in the future for their history exam.

This melody was played at strategic points during the movie Rosemary’s Baby

The tune is used as a significant plot device in the film “Grand Tour: Disaster in Time” (1992) with Jeff Daniels and Ariana Richards.

In the 1998 film Patch Adams, Larry is playing the song on his piano (at a slower than normal tempo) when Corrine visits him at home.

Schroeder played Für Elise intermittently in A Charlie Brown Christmas (despite being badgered by Lucy Van Pelt in the process); he intended the piece to be the incidental music for the Christmas play, calling it “Beethoven Christmas music”.

Also in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Will Smith plays it at the end of the first show of the first season.

Sample Video:

Video Credit: “Visual Piano Music Notes” by povesteam

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