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Who is the Elise that Beethoven composed about?

Wikipedia offers some possibilities: 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 ...
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Why is Beethoven's Op 81 split into "81a" and "81b" instead of No. 1 and No. 2?

This is mainly a historical accident, arising from the fact that the pieces were published by different publishers. The piano sonata was published originally by Breitkopf & Härtel as Op. 81 in ...
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Identify the number of 11 Beethoven piano sonatas

It's unclear if you're looking for the opus numbers or the numbering from 1 to 32, so I'll offer both. In order: 4 (Op. 7) 9 (Op. 14, No. 1) 15 (Op. 28) 9 (Op. 14, No. 1) 8 (Op. 13) 5 (Op. 10, ...
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Why is "Für Elise" called "La Lettre à Elise" in French?

When Ludwig Nohl discovered "Für Elise" he included the work in his 1867 publication "New Beethoven Letters" (Neue Briefe Beethovens) (pages 28-33). "Für Elise" merely ...
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Is Beethoven's 5th Symphony named "symphony of fate" by the composer?

I agree with Peter that Schindler, Beethoven's secretary, has told this story about the fate that's knocking at the door. But we have enough reason to doubt about it: https://www.dw.com/en/beethovens-...
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What is this Beethoven piece?

That's the second movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto no.21 in C, K467
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Who wrote this arrangement of Moonlight Sonata for the electric guitar?

Italian guitar virtuoso Michele "Dr.Viossy" Vioni, who seems to specialize in arrangements of classical pieces, claims on his website that he wrote this arrangement. Here's a video of him ...
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Identifying an excerpt by Beethoven (Ddim7ㅡAbm/EbㅡEbㅡAbm)

It's the third movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata no.31 in A flat (op.110) - III. Adagio ma non troppo.
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Is there a prepared piano in Staier's recording of Diabelli Variations?

The effects you're asking about are built into the piano itself, activated by pedals. So, "prepared" in the early 19th-century sense (specialty pedals were all the rage), but not in the ...
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Trying to identify Carlos Kleiber recording of Mozart/Beethoven with lots of applause at the end for funeral music

According to Wikipedia, Kleiber did not record much, but Beethovens symphony #7 (live recording from 1982) is among these. In my opinion the second movement from that might fit better for a funeral ...
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Trying to identify Carlos Kleiber recording of Mozart/Beethoven with lots of applause at the end for funeral music

Ok, think I have found the answer to this question so posting it here, but if anyone else finds another possiblity then I would be interested to hear it... The recording may be Beethoven's 6th ...
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Did Beethoven assist to rehearsals?

There is a very funny story where Beethoven (whilst conducting one of his symphonies I believe) slightly accelerated through a few bars of the music whilst the orchestra were playing a very quiet ...
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