Beethoven, who was known for illegible writing, inscribed the handwritten manuscript with the phrase, “For Elise,” which has been attributed to Elisabeth Röckel, a noted musician and friend of Beethoven’s. But many have asserted that the transcriber misread Beethoven’s scribbling, and that the dedication was actually, “For Therese.”
Beethoven’s piano sonatas are among the most treasured compositions in the classical canon. He wrote 32 in all.
In 1801, Ludwig van Beethoven completed his 14th piano sonata, Op. 27 No. 2, and he gave it the descriptive title, “Sonata quasi una fantasia,” meaning roughly, “Sonata like a fantasy.”