Film +++ Postponed +++ For Elise. Beethoven's Bestseller (Für Elise. Beethovens Bestseller)

Klaviertasten (c) Goethe-Institut Chicago

Thu, 03/19/2020

Goethe-Institut Chicago

150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 200
Chicago, lL 60601


Due to growing concerns about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) we have decided to cancel the event. The film screening will be rescheduled.

Director: Axel Fuhrmann, Axel Brüggemann, WDR/ARTE, 2011, 55 minutes, German with English subtitles

How did this short piano piece, discovered by a musicologist thirty years after Beethoven's death, become a melody everybody knows? Together with pianists, Beethoven researchers and composers, the film's authors trace the origins and meaning of Für Elise. They try to fathom the magic that this probably best-known work of Beethoven triggers anew in every generation worldwide. While pianists explain, analyze and interpret the work, the film explores in archives in Vienna and Bonn which original sketches of Beethoven's work have survived. What do they say about the time of creation and the context of the work? And who was the mysterious Elise to whom the piece is dedicated?