Stories about people's Für Elise experiences
Perseverance and Für Elise
This story was submitted by Martin Crook and was added around September 2011.
My musical training was dedicated exclusively to classical guitar, so I never learned this piece, or in fact any piano until 2003, when I decided it was high time to teach myself piano. Unfortunately soon after this I suffered a bad skiing accident which paralysed my left side. The biggest loss of all was the inability to return to guitar, so to make up for it, I have started to relearn all the piano for right hand. Fur Elise is, I find, a piece which translates well to single-handed play, and I continue to teach myself this piece daily. I still miss my guitar(s) but the power and beauty of Fur Elise is beginning to sweeten the loss.