The Use of Masks in "Fur Elise" Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Use of Masks in "Fur Elise"
An analysis of three masks Beethoven provides in his musical composition "Fur Elise".
# 118042 | 1,582 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 29, 2009 in Music Studies (Classical and Baroque) , Music Studies (Composers)

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The paper identifies the presence of sadness, anger and happiness within this single composition "Fur Elise". The paper shows how while the music was the man, the sadness, difficulty and frustration, and lightness and playfulness were other personas. The paper discusses the myths regarding the title, "Fur Elise", and briefly shows how Beethoven was the product of the Romantic era of music. The paper asserts that it was a brilliant work to put all these masks in one creation and concludes that "Fur Elise" is life, since it combines idealism and realism with the subjectivity and universality of humanity.


From the Paper:

"Walter Sorrell, dance and culture writer said it best when he stated that humans are innately all mask makers. The mask is what allows an individual to express and understand who they are (Sorrell). In the field of music, the use of masks can best be seen in the work of acclaimed, deaf musician, Ludwig van Beethoven. Of the many works that fit this profile, one stands out from the rest, "Fur Elise." Music in and of itself involves the study of many aspects such as how it is processed by listeners. The change rhythm in a musical composition allows the artist to reveal some of their personality. In "Fur Elise," masks have been used in rather subtle ways."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Deluca, William. Chapter 6: The Arts and the Mask. <> (16 January 2008)
  • Fur Elise: Bagatelle in A minor. <> (16 January 2008)
  • Krehbiel, H.E. How to Listen to Music. Plain Label Books
  • Sorell, Walter. The Other Face: The Mask and the Arts. New York: Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc., 1973.

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