I remember being about 14 and painfully learning Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Perhaps for other piano students it is an easy piece to learn, but not for a girl who didn’t practice that much!
It started out all right, but then a page later Beethoven goes into these crazy movements. How frustrating! I didn’t even know what the piece was supposed to be about – until one practice session I read the introduction of Fur Elise.
Scholars may not agree on who the piece of music was actually written for, some say it was a former student named Therese, others say it is an ode to love in general. Every time I hear Fur Elise now I wonder who that woman was that inspired such a beautiful melody (and difficult piece of music to learn).
What romantically inspired music do you enjoy?