You’ve GOT to see this (honest!)


A ragtime version of Fur Elise?  Bring it on!

 

It got me thinking: is Fur Elise the best-known “classical” piano piece?  Or is it just a staple of British piano lessons?

Anyway, this is great, and gets better.  Just when you think, “Oh yeah, I get it, very clever…” he turns it up a notch.  It’s fab!

I like to think that if Beethoven heard it (pre-deafness, obvs) he would be at first astounded and then delighted.  Imagine hearing a popular current song redone in 200 years’ time, in a musical form that we cannot yet even conceive.  Beethoven died nearly seventy years before ragtime began its first, revolutionary, tinklings.

 

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