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Although European classical music is often held up as the Other against which popular music is defined, some classical works become genuinely ‘popular' in their use and reception. Beethoven's Für Elise is one such work, readily recognized and ubiquitous in popular culture. By considering its application in pop music, films, and daily life, this paper raises questions about musical meaning in the postmodern age, examining how the mutability of music's social significance reflects a value system undergoing constant negotiation and transformation.