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Beethoven wrote his "Für Elise" for his girlfriend "Elise Röckel". The first three notes of the piece, E-D♯-E, make a little "sense" about it, as the letters of the notes somehow form the name "Elise". The L and I were eliminated because they do not represent musical notes. An E♭ is notated as "Es" in German and is pronounced as an "S", and D♯ is enharmonically equivalent to an E♭. This makes E-(L)-(I)-D♯-E, which converts to E-(L)-(I)-E♭-E, then to E-(L)-(I)-Es-E, and finally, it turns itself into E-(L)-(I)-S-E. enter image description here


Did Beethoven REALLY intend to create the "Elise" motif?

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    All pure supposition. And where did 'L' come from? It's not like Bach's 'BACH'. – Tim Feb 19 at 7:05
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it’s not related to music practice or theory as outlined in the help center. – Todd Wilcox Feb 19 at 7:31
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Kopitz presents the finding by the German organ scholar Johannes Quack [de] that the letters that spell Elise can be decoded as the first three notes of the piece. Because an E♭ is called an Es in German and is pronounced as "S", that makes E–(L)–(I)–S–E: E–(L)–(I)–E♭–E, which by enharmonic equivalents sounds the same as the written notes E–(L)–(I)–D♯–E.[10][15]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%BCr_Elise

We can suppose that he

didn’t really intend

But this is opinion based.

I suppose Elise had to practice and strengthen her 4. and 5. fingers ...

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