27 April 2013
On this day in 1810, Beethoven published his original manuscript for his Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor for solo piano, popularly known today as Fur Elise. Most people in western culture have heard it, whether or not they knew the name of the music or who wrote it. The printed score for an abbreviated version appears above (click to enlarge).
I have a heart-shaped music box, with a hummingbird exquisitely carved into the lid. When you open it, the sweet strains of Fur Elise lift into the air.
Here is the entire 3 minute piece. Close your eyes, relax, and enjoy.