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Beethoven — Für Elise
Album: Beethoven's Greatest Hits
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8.9

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Total ratings: 1552









Released: 1810
Length: 2:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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Had a teenage romance during which this was "our song".  Truly a beautiful rendition, too. Anyone know who the pianist is? 
This is nice
 Caturman wrote:
Quite a nice cover, almost better than the original ! What is the name of this band?
 
Coldplay.
 VH1 wrote:

True and whilst today they die of drugs, he died of Syphillis! What a way to go!
 Never heard of Beethoven dying of Syphillis. It was the case for Schubert and Nietzsche.

Quite a nice cover, almost better than the original ! What is the name of this band?
10 - Godlike
 paulstrangeway wrote:
Old farts music, gimme a backbeat you can use it......
 
Whatever mate. I'd suggest you're a tad too simple to enjoy this genre.
 paulstrangeway wrote:
Old farts music, gimme a backbeat you can use it......
 
.. if you want to Rock and Roll

Long Live Radio Paradise
To me 7 - Quite Likeable     but just barely
Old farts music, gimme a backbeat you can use it......
Just thinking the same thing.  Poor understanding of the piece by whomever is playing it in this version
 RoelantSiekman wrote:

I think it is due to the album this was taken from: Beethoven's Wig. Amazon tells me it's essentially an introduction for children into classical music, with funny lyrics put to classical tunes, and that in fact the tune without the lyrics is an extra on this album. The lyrics probably don't exceed the length of the sample we've just heard.

I totally agree though that if Beethoven is played on RP, it shouldn't be cut of.. Please find another version, Bill (or Rebecca)! I've never seen such a high rating of a song, so I guess the audience is ready for it.

 
The album cover most definitely is for the children's album.  I play the videos for Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata and others for my under 5 crowd.  They love them.  Someday they will make the connection to the classics.  But for the present it is great quality time spent together, even if it involves a screen.  Usually use a picture of the 4 boys sitting around me while watching them for my before and after St. Baldrick's pictures each year.


Love the release date     1810.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
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{#Cheers}
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p19f7brnXFw/RvRsmJF2ZHI/AAAAAAAAAII/QQZ1XYeYFyU/s320/c4g_schroeder.gif
Always the right time for a Master.
 Grammarcop wrote:
Since it's already the 17th in Asia ... Happy Birthday, Ludwig Von!

 
It's Ludwig Van!
 Yep.

Wardleader wrote:
Playing some classical music along with everything else in the late 60s and early 70s was something that just happened along with all kinds of whimsical station breaks with out takes from movies from the 30s and 40s on Philadelphia earliest FM stations that played album music.  WDAS and WMMR FM the early underground radio stations played whatever they felt like, with lots of the album music not heard on the  AM power hit stations.  RP has that same feel, the eclectic all good sounds of music from all over the place by Bill and Rebecca who have an ear for the newer stuff that I haven't a clue about.   At this point, I try not to complain but enjoy the music and the fact I am still alive at all to hear it.   And yes, Beethoven holds a place for me, my high school girl friend was a great piano student and played Beethoven piano pieces for me that astounded me for her talent and for this music from the great composer that I then could understand why his name was held in awe and respect.  This really is my radio paradise{#Heartkiss}

 


Playing some classical music along with everything else in the late 60s and early 70s was something that just happened along with all kinds of whimsical station breaks with out takes from movies from the 30s and 40s on Philadelphia earliest FM stations that played album music.  WDAS and WMMR FM the early underground radio stations played whatever they felt like, with lots of the album music not heard on the  AM power hit stations.  RP has that same feel, the eclectic all good sounds of music from all over the place by Bill and Rebecca who have an ear for the newer stuff that I haven't a clue about.   At this point, I try not to complain but enjoy the music and the fact I am still alive at all to hear it.   And yes, Beethoven holds a place for me, my high school girl friend was a great piano student and played Beethoven piano pieces for me that astounded me for her talent and for this music from the great composer that I then could understand why his name was held in awe and respect.  This really is my radio paradise{#Heartkiss}
Piano Lessons peaked at learning this piece :).  There must be an Angela Hewitt version out there...
And there it is...the Piece de Resistance! My all time favourite classical piece! Again, thank you Bill <3
 1000270687 wrote:
Beutiful masterpiece but isn't there a better quality version out there?
 
Yes. Fixed.
My mother was playing "Lettre à Elise" at home when I was younger... Good remenber !{#Notworthy}
Since it's already the 17th in Asia ... Happy Birthday, Ludwig Von!
I love it when my fiance plays this on her piano.
And, to this day, nobody really knows who Elise was; perhaps better that way since Ludvig wrote better music as a bachelor anyway. 
 thewiseking wrote:
Beethoven?!? I thought Jimmy Page wrote this!
 

  No.  Page stole the riff.


Talented little dude Bill?  Well put.

When my parents thought I had talent, I had to practice this so much.  Thankfully they came to their senses.


 JasondotG wrote:
The first rock star. 

 
True and whilst today they die of drugs, he died of Syphillis! What a way to go!
I could be wrong but I don't think Beethoven made this recording
Beethoven?!? I thought Jimmy Page wrote this!
 
The first rock star. 
Posted: Jan 30, 2013 - 04:57
 

 Joyride76 wrote:
Please next time don t cut the music... It's not something that you do! Respect Beethoven and the listener
  
I agree..
Agreed. Play all of Beethoven's 5th 
{#Cheers}{#Meditate}{#Notworthy}
Quality sound for the 1810 recording! 
Elisabeth Roeckel indeed.
Beethoven have to change!!!
 DoctorHooey wrote:
*ahem*

I just wrote a song it's for Elise
It's not a loan
It's not a lease
So if you want to know about this song
And who it's for
It's for Elise

If I go and play this for Elise
I wonder if 
She'll like this piece?
If she hates it my grief will not cease
I'll stuff my face
Til I'm obese
 
A simple song
And happy too
It's not for me
It's not for you

And that is what it IS
A little song that's for Elise
Not for some guy
Who's named Maurice
And now you know why all my songs
Don't have no words
Cuz I'm a terrible lyricist.

The end.
 

 
{#Roflol}{#Clap} Feckin' brilliant!
I really appreciate it when RP sneaks in some classical. This is a good one there are, perhaps, better recordings but still it is a good piece.
Enjoying the music and giggling at the cover! 
This is why radio paradise is the very best!!!!! 

 
Just another example of why I love RP and tell all of my friends about the station.....2014 Chrissie Hynde, then 1800's Beethoven. Throw in some "Bitches Brew" and there you are!
{#Music}
Sweet! {#Cheers}
 DoctorHooey wrote:
*ahem*

I just wrote a song it's for Elise
It's not a loan
It's not a lease
So if you want to know about this song
And who it's for
It's for Elise

If I go and play this for Elise
I wonder if 
She'll like this piece?
If she hates it my grief will not cease
I'll stuff my face
Til I'm obese
 
A simple song
And happy too
It's not for me
It's not for you

And that is what it IS
A little song that's for Elise
Not for some guy
Who's named Maurice
And now you know why all my songs
Don't have no words
Cuz I'm a terrible lyricist.

The end.
 
 
Brilliant!


Ballerinas floating through my head......
 buddy wrote:
This was my first piano recital piece at age 10.  A stripped down version to be sure.  But it's been very special to me ever since.  Also, in the way that became a pattern for my performance career evermore, I tripped going up the stairs to the stage and again going down the stairs on the other side - but I nailed the piece.

 
Great story
 SinisterDexter wrote:


Yep, when I hear this all can think of is Charlie Brown Christmas.

  I immediately think of Benny Hill running around in fast motion.


Never get tired of this one!
It's stuff like this why I love RP.
 DoctorHooey wrote:
*ahem*

I just wrote a song it's for Elise
It's not a loan
It's not a lease
So if you want to know about this song
And who it's for
It's for Elise

If I go and play this for Elise
I wonder if 
She'll like this piece?
If she hates it my grief will not cease
I'll stuff my face
Til I'm obese
 
A simple song
And happy too
It's not for me
It's not for you

And that is what it IS
A little song that's for Elise
Not for some guy
Who's named Maurice
And now you know why all my songs
Don't have no words
Cuz I'm a terrible lyricist.

The end.
 
 
Tom Lehrer would be proud. 

A friend of mine once claimed quite strenuously that she'd survived years of childhood piano lessons—"you know, things like 'Furry Leaves.'" Old Luddy-vig must have been laughing his ass off.  
timeless...

Everybody in my church loves this music...
 
 Joyride76 wrote:
Please next time don t cut the music... It's not something that you do! Respect Beethoven and the listener
 
I agree.
This was my first piano recital piece at age 10.  A stripped down version to be sure.  But it's been very special to me ever since.  Also, in the way that became a pattern for my performance career evermore, I tripped going up the stairs to the stage and again going down the stairs on the other side - but I nailed the piece.
*ahem*

I just wrote a song it's for Elise
It's not a loan
It's not a lease
So if you want to know about this song
And who it's for
It's for Elise

If I go and play this for Elise
I wonder if 
She'll like this piece?
If she hates it my grief will not cease
I'll stuff my face
Til I'm obese
 
A simple song
And happy too
It's not for me
It's not for you

And that is what it IS
A little song that's for Elise
Not for some guy
Who's named Maurice
And now you know why all my songs
Don't have no words
Cuz I'm a terrible lyricist.

The end.


 
 RoelantSiekman wrote:

I think it is due to the album this was taken from: Beethoven's Wig. Amazon tells me it's essentially an introduction for children into classical music, with funny lyrics put to classical tunes, and that in fact the tune without the lyrics is an extra on this album. The lyrics probably don't exceed the length of the sample we've just heard.

I totally agree though that if Beethoven is played on RP, it shouldn't be cut of.. Please find another version, Bill (or Rebecca)! I've never seen such a high rating of a song, so I guess the audience is ready for it.
 
Another vote for this song - but from someone who knows not to play it too fast. 

Luckily, YouTube has a number of truly great artists playing this: Horowitz, Richter, Kempff, etc.

You could easily spend a very pleasant afternoon listing to the greats play this piece. 
 Painted_Turtle wrote:
Love it..I don't care if it is cut or not, at least we get to hear a tiny piece of it. Which is better than none. Full length would be better of course...sigh
 
Well said, and this listener agrees.
 RoelantSiekman wrote:

I think it is due to the album this was taken from: Beethoven's Wig. Amazon tells me it's essentially an introduction for children into classical music, with funny lyrics put to classical tunes, and that in fact the tune without the lyrics is an extra on this album. The lyrics probably don't exceed the length of the sample we've just heard.

I totally agree though that if Beethoven is played on RP, it shouldn't be cut of.. Please find another version, Bill (or Rebecca)! I've never seen such a high rating of a song, so I guess the audience is ready for it.
 

I agree. Groetjes.
Piano lessons....
Please next time don t cut the music... It's not something that you do! Respect Beethoven and the listener
Love it..I don't care if it is cut or not, at least we get to hear a tiny piece of it. Which is better than none. Full length would be better of course...sigh
Car slammed on the brakes and now I'm enjoying Beethoven with my face flattened against the windshield.
 Me Too! lol!

SinisterDexter wrote:


Yep, when I hear this all can think of is Charlie Brown Christmas.
 


 ice-9 wrote:
 leap wrote:
This song is incompleeete, if I were Beethoven I would kill you {#War}

 

I have to agree.  It's clipped off in the middle.  Growing up I just couldn't stand when pop stations clipped songs like Night Moves or American Pie for time, essentially editing the story being told.  No lyrics here, but still it's aggravating - perhaps more so because this is a timeless classic.  We're not asking for a whole symphony or anything - just the extra minute or two of music that completes this piece.
 
I think it is due to the album this was taken from: Beethoven's Wig. Amazon tells me it's essentially an introduction for children into classical music, with funny lyrics put to classical tunes, and that in fact the tune without the lyrics is an extra on this album. The lyrics probably don't exceed the length of the sample we've just heard.

I totally agree though that if Beethoven is played on RP, it shouldn't be cut of.. Please find another version, Bill (or Rebecca)! I've never seen such a high rating of a song, so I guess the audience is ready for it.
I ask you: does anyone go to a real Symphony any more?   I didn't think so.  {#Beat}
 Proclivities wrote:

It's Jerry Beethoven, from Scranton.

 
WRONG! Camper van....
 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Is Beethoven really playing this song?
 
It's Jerry Beethoven, from Scranton.

 leap wrote:
This song is incompleeete, if I were Beethoven I would kill you {#War}

 

I have to agree.  It's clipped off in the middle.  Growing up I just couldn't stand when pop stations clipped songs like Night Moves or American Pie for time, essentially editing the story being told.  No lyrics here, but still it's aggravating - perhaps more so because this is a timeless classic.  We're not asking for a whole symphony or anything - just the extra minute or two of music that completes this piece.


nice
 n4ku wrote:

 

Yep, when I hear this all can think of is Charlie Brown Christmas.
 romeotuma wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this music...
 
 

and that would be how many?
Think of my first digital watch that had this as the alarm chime...
Ah the memories

 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this music...
 
This song is incompleeete, if I were Beethoven I would kill you {#War}

I missed this one when it first came out..... Thanks, Bill!

That ancient standby Married to the Sea, of course.

What are the "sing along" lyrics?
The wincing of everyone who has ever taken beginning piano theory is felt throughout the land.


 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Is Beethoven really playing this song?
 

Actually its John Belushi from that old Saturday Night Live sketch where Gilda is yelling - LUDWIG!  LUDWIG! while he works on a piece.

But of course he's deaf and can't hear.  I forget most of the rest, except of course the end, where he is inspired and turns the piece into the familiar beginning of the Motown classic My Girl.


My mother has taught piano lessons for 40 years. She says all the girls want to play Fur Elise, and all the boys want to play Moonlight Sonata. And this hasn't changed in 40 years.
ACH! GUT, YA!
:music: What a genius...
Yes, I agree. Cutting this off halfway through is a sin... ksb wrote:
Nice, but where's the rest of it? That's only the first half...
OK, that's enough of this top 40, hip hop, POP crap, how about some REAL music? :ass:
:good-vibes:
Bill, you should play the Vince Guaraldi version of this song, found on the Charlie Brown soundtrack. Some good late afternoon jazz.
This one brings my son to mind..he can play this beautifully...I only wish I was as gifted. :angel:
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Is Beethoven really playing this song?
LOL! Well played all the same.
Ah...memories of piano recitals.
Nice, but where's the rest of it? That's only the first half...
Is Beethoven really playing this song?
Professor_C wrote:
Okay, I'm going to come down hard on the RP classical music repertoire. As I have said elsewhere, RP listeners pride themselves on being savvy and yet they go ape s*it anytime Bill plays one from what amounts to the classical music top 40. Bolero. FÃŒr Elise. etc. etc.
If your city is anything like mine then you have poor access channels that play a wide variety of eclectic rock/pop/country/etc music. However almost any time of day I can turn the dial to the classical radio station and be assured of a never ending stream of high quality, widely varied classical music. And they rarely overplay anything. I look on Bill's occasional turns at classical music more as a reminder that there is another genre out there. And I like that he does it. If you want some pieces/artists that have not been "overplayed" then upload them and let the LRC decide.
Sadly, this was once used in a McDonalds commercial. As much as I like it, every time I hear it, I recall that darn commercial. It was a little girl giving a recital and singing to herself about the fries she was going to have as soon as she was done. Still a favorite, though tainted.
My daughters got a keyboard for Christmas last year. They love to hear this song and try to play along with it. Overplayed? Probably so, but it's recognizable and if it gets more people interested in a variety of types of music, I don't have a problem with it.
OK, I can kindof see giving this a 1 if you're in a bad mood and you feel it's overplayed. But who gives it a 2? That's just weird.
Thanks, A great piece to start my work day. It always brings on a sweet emotion.
I love this piece, although I also agree that it is generally overplayed and badly at that. Even so, I'd rather hear bad greatness than good lamness. Off on a tangent here, I paused a Tool song midway to catch the tail end of this, now back to the metal. Random and ecclectic aren't the same things.
Professor_C wrote:
Okay, I'm going to come down hard on the RP classical music repertoire. As I have said elsewhere, RP listeners pride themselves on being savvy and yet they go ape s*it anytime Bill plays one from what amounts to the classical music top 40. Bolero. FÃŒr Elise. etc. etc.
Good point, but then this was the MAIN music of the time....here in this modern age we have a plethora of different music to listen to. Why not have some classical favorites thrown in?
Definitely overplayed, perfect piece of music, though. Just to know there's more great piano-stuff out there doesn't make this bad, Professor_C. :shifty:
:crashcomp:
Fur sure!
thanks Bill... so timely... I needed this!
somedude wrote:
Good god.. I don't care how beautiful it is, this along with the 1st movement of the Moonlight Sonata is so awfully overplayed. I wish more people knew about some of the other piano stuff -- e.g., the Waldstein, Hammerklavier, Tempest sonatas. Movement 3 of the Moonlight is also mindblowing. There's an incredible amount of color and bravura on display in Beethoven and this piece never quite captures it.
:clap:
:grumpy: :stop: :crashcomp: maybe if I use pictures and THEN words.... Okay, I'm going to come down hard on the RP classical music repertoire. As I have said elsewhere, RP listeners pride themselves on being savvy and yet they go ape s*it anytime Bill plays one from what amounts to the classical music top 40. Bolero. FÃŒr Elise. etc. etc.
Man, this tune takes me back... :roflol:
One of my all-time favorites (along with Led Zeppelin, Clapton, Mozart, Metallica, Rachmaninoff, etc.). :confused:
For some things, we need a number higher than 10.
"It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van. "
I miss Benny
My daughter played this at her piano recital last week. It moved me. That was defiantely my favourite version - this Beethoven character has nothing on her ;-)
Okay, I'm going to come down hard on the RP classical music repertoire. As I have said elsewhere, RP listeners pride themselves on being savvy and yet they go ape s*it anytime Bill plays one from classical music top 40.
themotion wrote:
this is the most overplayed classical song by those who don't know how to play piano ... anywhere there's a piano, you can be sure that some ass will sit down and play the first few measures, over and over ... not beethoven's fault, though. a 10.
AMEN to that!
A Radio station where you can listen to Beethoven and for example; Jimi Hendrix. My life is complete now. Thank you god, or should I say thank you Bill!
this is the most overplayed classical song by those who don't know how to play piano ... anywhere there's a piano, you can be sure that some ass will sit down and play the first few measures, over and over ... not beethoven's fault, though. a 10.
Exquisite interlude. This is what makes RP great. Diversity rules.
If you can't relax to something like this, you're not human.
Ok....whoever gave this a 1 is just bullshitting. :lol: