James L. King III knocks another one out of the park with this stunning jazzy arrangement of Beethoven’s WoO 59, Für Elise: you’ve never heard it quite like this before! Adapting the melody, harmonies, and basic form of the original, King takes the piece to a whole different level for performers and audiences alike. Walking and boogie-woogie bass lines, thick locked chord patterns, jazz reharmonizations, chromatic and blues scales are found everywhere. The “Basie ending” adds the final touch to this new masterpiece that your late intermediate (or more advanced) students will enjoy adding to their repertoire.
Teachers, if you’re tired of teaching the original, this arrangement might bring your enthusiasm back!
Key: A minor
Mood: Jazzy, fun.
Pedagogy: walking bass, boogie-woogie bass, Shearing-style locked chords, chromatic scales, blues scales, “Basie” ending.