I have been interested in music as long as I can remember. As a kid, my folks signed me up for accordion lessons at an early age followed by piano lessons a bit later. In middle school, I learned and played the cello in the school orchestra. I would have continued with that, but I became interested in the nerd-worthy school elective of stage arts (a.k.a. lighting technician) which diverted me from further participation in the musical arts.
My mother, rest her soul, was an absolutely wonderful pianist and organist and played all her life, most recently in the retirement home church services here in town before she passed in 2013. She played for services literally just days before the accident which ultimately took her away at the age of 93.
I still play the keyboard instruments and have a medium-sophistication level instrument in the master bedroom which I play almost daily. I never learned some of the classics, being weak on music sight-reading, but I now have resolved to learn, at my advanced age, some of the classics, mostly because Mom would approve.
The sheet music excerpt above is the first nine measures of Ludwig von Beethoven’s famous piano solo, Für Elise, which is a favorite of millions. That is the part of the piece that I am now rehearsing before proceeding to the next part. The entire piano solo is over a hundred measures in length and is actually longer than that considering there are repeat sequences. The excerpt of nine measures above is actually seventeen measures given the single repeat back to the second measure from the ninth.
Thus far, for the excerpt shown, I can reasonably play the right notes with the correct tempo and almost the “Molto grazioso” (very gracefully) as prescribed by the Maestro Beethoven, himself. It will be a steep learning process for the rest of the piece, for sure, but I will get there.
Sheet music and other information supplied by www.forelise.com.