Für Elise on glass harp





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Uploaded on Dec 27, 2010

Für Elise by Ludwig Van Beethoven played on glass harp by Robert Tiso

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The score was not published until 1867, 40 years after the composer's death. The discoverer of the piece, Ludwig Nohl, affirmed that the original autographed manuscript was dated 27 April. This manuscript has been lost.

It is not certain who "Elise" was. Max Unger suggested that Ludwig Nohl may have transcribed the title incorrectly and the original work may have been named "Für Therese", a reference to Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza (1792--1851). She was a friend and student of Beethoven's to whom he proposed in 1810, though she turned him down to marry the Austrian nobleman and state official Wilhelm von Droßdik in 1816. According to a recent study by Klaus Martin Kopitz, there is flimsy evidence that the piece was written for the German soprano singer Elisabeth Röckel (1793--1883), later the wife of Johann Nepomuk Hummel. "Elise", as she was called by a parish priest (she always called herself "Betty"), had been a friend of Beethoven's since 1808. In the meantime it has been proven that Rudolf Schachner, who in 1851 inherited Therese von Droßdik's musical scores, was a relative of Babette Bredl who in 1865 let Nohl copy the autograph in her possession. Thus Kopitz's hypothesis is definitely refuted.

The pianist and musicologist Luca Chiantore argued in his doctoral thesis and his recent book "Beethoven al piano" that Beethoven might not have been the person who gave the piece the form that we know today. Chiantore suggested that the original signed manuscript, upon which Ludwig Nohl claimed to base his transcription, may never have existed. On the other hand, the musicologist Barry Cooper stated, in a 1984 essay in the Musical Times, that one of two surviving sketches closely resembles the published version. It has also been suggested that Elise simply refers to a term at this point in history which simply meant 'sweetheart', therefore suggesting this piece was written for Elise (Theresa Malfatti)


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Adolf Hitler
wait so this guy had time to master the crystal glasses AND clone jutsu?
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Breanna Adams
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Hugh Mungus
"Now watch this magic trick!" Pulls table cloth "****"
Dai huan Tran
Hugh Mungus tell me the thing that under the sheet
I think the dislikes are deaf
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I hope Beethoven isn't one of them!
+Elizabeth DuVall oh ok (: im glad u understand i tried to make a joke (:
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This great video teaches us that Beethoven just would have needed a few jars of glass instead of an expensive piano.
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Silvestre Garcia
And camara, and a video editor
+Matthew Mitchell Yeah, I used to do that a lot as a child... Now I do it when I'm washing up ;n)
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Rowdy Hansen
this is almost as moving as when my son memorized it and played it for me for the first time. he heard it was my favorite and surprised me.
You must be very proud
you are so cool. Sometime soon I will too try to do that! Can you do it without alcohol, or is alcohol needed for the good sound?
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+Ambipie cool, thanks!
GrounDInSpace its just the crystal wine glasses you need. water works.
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Literally my first thought
Das Kinophile ENTP
Or older Buster Keaton
Cynthia Christakis
This is truly beautiful energy
Steve Murtha
The sad part is that these musicians can only play a limited amount each year. The crystal glass contains lead and too much playing on them cause lead poisining.
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Guardian Eris
Well, it's actually just a wives' tale. http://www.glassarmonica.com/armonica/lead_poisoning.php
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just a note: the 'van' in Ludwig van Beethoven is not a middle name, it's part of his surname. so, it's not "L. V. Beethoven", it's "L. van Beethoven".
thats actualy very common in italian, spanish and portuguese names (not the "van", but a "connection" between two names)
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