For Elise - Beethoven's Bestseller
It’s one of the best-known piano pieces of all, and a really catchy tune. ‘For Elise’ is played by piano students around the world. The melody can be heard coming from music boxes and mobile phones, and tries the patience of those on hold. But how did this short piece that a musicologist only discovered thirty years after Beethoven’s death become a bestseller? What gives it the magic that can be felt anew by every generation around the world? And who was the mysterious Elise to whom the piece is dedicated?