Beethoven could not have imagined the success of his Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor for solo piano. Commonly known as Für Elise, or Pour Elise in French, or Para Elise in Portuguese, the numerous translations just go to show the global reach the classical piece has had. It's near-on impossible to not know the tune – its gentle melody has graced TV commercials selling everything from McDonald's hamburgers to home computers.
The piece also inspired the singer and pianist Claudio Goldman to create a musical, Pour Elise, playing Tuesday nights at the Teatro Folha in Shopping Pátio Higiénopolis. Permeated by Schumann and Mozart melodies, as well as Brazilian twists that give the classic sounds a local flavour, Goldman's work reveals the melodrama that characterized the life of the Jewish pianist Sbig (played by Goldman), who fell in love with the singer Elise (played by actress Gabriela Alves Toulier). In the musical, the couple meets again in Brazil, years after their first meeting in Warsaw in 1938.