Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’, but it’s a Brazilian-Cuban timba

28 September 2018, 13:50

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

If Beethoven had been composing in 1980s Cuba, ‘Für Elise’ would have sounded like this (maybe).

Here’s one of Beethoven’s most hummable tunes, as you’ve never heard it before.

Pianist Alfredor Music has arranged ‘Für Elise’ for keys, bass guitar and conga ­– all in the style of a timba.

Timba is a Cuban genre of music, based on salsa and American funk, and it originated in the 1980s. And perhaps surprisingly, it marries pretty well with early 19th-century piano music.

Keep up the good work, lads.