I've always heard that Für Elise is an extremely difficult piece to play well, despite being relatively easy in a technical sense. An added challenge is that it's been extremely over-played (I'm just glad it's no longer a fashionable ringtone where I live). I learned it as a kid but was never really happy with how I played it, and listening to "professional" recordings hasn't given me much insight.
So the question is, how can I play it well? By that I mean: What should I focus on when playing this piece?
- What should I emphasize?
- It's usually played with a fairly large variation in tempo within a phrase. How do I manage this? How much is too much?
- I'm kind of lost when it comes to the tone of the piece. Parts seem melancholy, others joyous. What should I be aiming for with each section and how can I keep them from sounding too distinct?