Hi, this is my first time posting and I'm only an intermediate level player (age 62--hey it's never too late!). However, I've been a fan of classical music all my life. I like to play Fuer Elise in a romantic, passionate manner with lots of ebb and flow in both volume and tempo, rather than in the rigid, mechanical style that most people tend to play it (including the recordings on this site). My piano teacher says, "Oh no, you can't do that...it may sound nice but that's not what Beethoven was all about...blah, blah, blah." I'm looking for some opinions on that. I feel that Beethoven was definitely a cross-over figure from Classicism to Romaticism and that he would not have had any problem with a Romantic interpretation of the piece...not to mention that he wrote it for a young lady...so we know he was defintely feeling romantic :lol: Thanks in advance for any helpful feedback I get on this. And thanks also for making this such a great website.