Thought to have been composed sometime around 1810, the piece wasn’t actually published until 1867, more than 40 years after the composer’s death. There’s quite the debate about who actually wrote the version that we know today (sound familiar?) because the original manuscript, discovered by Ludwig Nohl, is now lost.
Nohl transcribed one version of the composition while Beethoven scholar Barry Cooper translated a version taken from a later manuscript.
Where have I heard Für Elise and Pop Goes the Weasel before?
Fur Elise is easily one of Beethoven’s most famous pieces and has been played and sampled all over the world. On the cinema screen you may have come across the song in movies like Rosemary’s Baby, Patch Adams and even Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Pop Goes the Weasel, meanwhile, has been sung by children across the world in numerous lyrical variations.
It’s also frequently used in Jack in the Box toys. Could there be a subliminal ‘JACK’S IN THE BOX’ message there? As in Jack Harkness?
Hah. Eh, most likely not. But it sure is fun to speculate, innit?
Speaking of speculation, could River Song be in the vault playing the piano?
We’ve come across numerous references to the Doctor’s wife throughout the series – her picture popped up on his desk, he recalled visiting their old pal Jim the Fish, and she once accompanied him to the Frost Fair just like Bill in episode 3 – but could we be about to witness her return?
Amy and Rory’s daughter is known for greeting the Time Lord with a “hello sweetie” and some theorise that the ‘Elise’ we encounter in the title of Beethoven’s composition isn’t actually one person. They argue that the term could have been used to refer to one’s sweetheart in the time of Beethoven.
Fur Elise = for sweetheart = for…. Sweetie?
It’s incredibly tenuous, but wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff often is.
This week we learn that whoever is behind those doors is also positively gleeful at the prospect of listening to a story about children being eaten. We know both Missy and the Master are set to return this series, so surely it must be one of them in there?
Unless Steven Moffat has hit us with a big fat red herring, of course…