Musicologist Claims To Have Found The Woman Who Inspired ‘Fur Elise’

September 6, 2009

Berlin (ChattahBox) – A Berlin musicologist believes he has finally solved the mystery of the origin of the dedication in Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’.

According to Klaus Martin Kopitz he found a series of letters in “Beethoven In The Eyes Of His Contemporaries”, which spoke of his lifelong friendship with Elisabeth Roeckel, known to those close to her as Elise.

The two met after Miss Roeckel performed as a singer in his opera Fidelio. Also a musician and piano player, the two were close until his death.

Kopitz believed that the composer dedicated the piece to her after she moved away, and then told his lover, Therese Malfatti, that it was about her. That would explain other manuscripts found that had formerly convinced experts that she was the one the song was written for.



One Response to “Musicologist Claims To Have Found The Woman Who Inspired ‘Fur Elise’”

  1. Dan the Music Master on September 7th, 2009 6:14 am

    This is always an interesting topic. Elisabeth Roeckel may very well be ‘the Elise’.

    Thanks for the conversation piece.

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