When fingers get jammed in Für Elise

When fingers get jammed in Für Elise


norman lebrecht

November 14, 2020

Apparently The Piano Guys’ new release got 200,000 views on its first day out day this week.



  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Vulgar. Banal. Awful. Any honest version of the “original” is to prefer.

    200,000 views, eh, so what?

  • will says:

    Total rubbish

  • William Safford says:

    Just watch the nattering nabobs of negativism swarm to criticize this video.

    It’s cute. It’s a way to demonstrate some software.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Marfisa says:

    For justification, a YouTube comment picked at random:

    “You guys are the reason I have been in piano for 6 years and started cello a few weeks ago! I have loved your videos since I saw my first one!”

    Lighten up, detractors. It wasn’t that bad. And it might bring some cheer to benighted piano teachers enduring for the millionth time an eight-year old picking out the notes.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Does not deserve serious opposition.

  • Stefan says:

    Absolutely Schrecklich!!

  • Jon Eiche says:

    Maybe this isn’t to your liking, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthless. Flashy, unsubtle performances like this are what first attract some people to classical music; more refined taste and appreciation of nuance come later.

  • christopher storey says:

    Who was it who said ” Roll over, Beethoven “? He will be spinning like a top after this

  • Paul Carlile says:

    The humor saves it….and of its type, it’s not so bad! Lighten up, commenters!
    Lewd wig van Boat haven has suffered worse….”Fury lease” will survive.

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  • Marfisa says:

    Those of you who didn’t like that, will really hate this!


    A worthy use for one of Beethoven’s least playable (that is, playable well) pieces.