Pre-Electric Für Elise
K059 Albumblatt für Elise in a, Grove 173.
1932. Artur Schnabel recorded 1932.5.9 (one side). G.DB 1694 (in Beethoven
Sonata Society, Vol. 15); Victor.7673 (filler to V.M 158 (Concerto 1
(Sargent) 36GSE [Bloesch] W†46
Ernest von Dohnanyi. Edison Bell H1055: F3016 36GSE W†46
---vocal arr. (O dernier rayon du soleil). I. Jansen (bar). D.AB 20131
This is from my listing of the first recordings of each work of Beethoven.
I have been unable to find any pre-electric recording of Für Elise.
Surely, there must be one. Can anyone please help me. Pre-electrics
include not only acoustic lateral cuts but also Edisons, cylinders, and
even music boxes. If you want a modern music box, just go to Amazon and
search for "Fur Elisa Music Box" and you'll get
These all come wrapped around an Acrylic box, with the mechanism itself.
They would make wonderful gifts. You can get more that are plain (without
I have been arguing that the first recording of Beethoven is the
performance of the second part of Wellington's Victory on
Maelzel's Panharmonicon, Hess 108, 1813. Forgive me for my relaxed
definition of a recording! But there remains possibility of a music box of
Für Elisa (composed in 1808-1810) or the slow movement of the Moonschein
sonata (1801). (Music boxes go to back to 9th-century Baghdad.)