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Lyr Req: Edelweiss (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

15 Jun 97 - 11:15 PM (#6890)
Subject: edelweiss
From: jimfw@aol.com

would like the lyrics!!


15 Jun 97 - 11:41 PM (#6891)
Subject: Lyr Add: EDELWEISS
From: Alan of Australia

G'day,
I've had these lying around on my hard disk for a few years, don't know how correct or complete they are.

EDELWEISS

Edelweiss, edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever.

Cheers,
Alan


16 Jun 97 - 02:13 AM (#6898)
Subject: ADD: Edelweiss (German)
From: Joe Offer

Here's a German rendition. the original language for the song was English. Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oacar Hammerstein.

Edelweiß, Edelweiß,du grüßt mich jeden morgen,
Sehe ich dich, freue ich mich, und vergeß meine Sorgen.
Schmücke das Heimatland, schön und weiß, blühest wie die Sterne.
Edelweiß, Edelweiß, ach, ich hab dich so gerne.


Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me,
Small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me.
Blossom of snow, may you bloom and grow, bloom and grow forever.
Edelweiss, Edelweiss, bless my homeland forever.

-Joe Offer-


01 Nov 00 - 06:42 PM (#332274)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: Alan of Australia

G'day,
Thanks to Joe the tune for "Edelweiss" can be found here at the Mudcat MIDI site.

Cheers,
Alan


01 Nov 00 - 06:45 PM (#332279)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: Liz the Squeak

Isn't it an Austrian song, rather than German? If not, what was the point of the Sound of Music??

LTS


01 Nov 00 - 06:52 PM (#332289)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: McGrath of Harlow

They speak German in Austria. Just as they speak English in Ireland and America.


01 Nov 00 - 09:42 PM (#332431)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca

Liz, the song was never Austrian or German anyway.

Wonderful song but totally Broadway. Messrs Rodgers and Hammerstein crafted an excellent song/tune which many people think is a real Austrian folk song.

Life's funny like that.


01 Nov 00 - 11:51 PM (#332497)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: Allan C.

Back in the days when I somehow found myself in a church on a regular basis, (I got over it eventually, but that's another story,) a Christianized version of this was sung. (I don't recall the lyric revisions.) But the copywrite police got after us for using the song (and for monkeying around with the copywrited lyrics) and we were asked to discontinue our use of the song.


02 Nov 00 - 09:23 AM (#332684)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: Tiger

This is the grace sung at our family's Thanksgiving dinner. I think one of our daughters learned it in Girl Scouts.

Bless our friends, bless our food,
Come, Oh, Lord, and sit with us.
Make our talk grow with peace,
Come with Your love to surround us.

Friendship and peace, may you bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever.
Bless our friends, bless our food,
Bless our homeland forever.


03 Nov 00 - 05:03 AM (#333381)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: Liz the Squeak

See, I knew it was a schmaltzy phoney song..... and my German friend says that Austrian and German is about as similar as English and American, again, two nations divided by a single language *BG*!

And what was the point of the Sound of Music?!!

LTS ducking and running for cover.....


03 Nov 00 - 06:30 AM (#333396)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: Steve Parkes

I thought they spoke Cantonese in Switzerland?


09 Sep 01 - 01:09 PM (#545707)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca

Edelweiss in DT
 
Edelweiss #320
 
Edelweiss 15309
 


10 Sep 01 - 03:44 AM (#546038)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: GUEST,Genie

I know R & H wrote it for S of M, but has Edelweiss been 'adopted' by Austria in much the same way as Kansas adopted "Home On the Range," and Tennessee adopted "Tennessee Waltz." Several people, including at least one from Austria, that the song has that kind of special significance in Austria.

Does someone know?

Genie


10 Sep 01 - 07:29 PM (#546655)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca

I think you really mean like the state of Oklahoma adopted the theme song from the Rodgers and Hammerstein show "Oklahoma". I've been told that is the official state song.


12 Sep 01 - 12:38 AM (#547794)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: GUEST,Genie

Yes, George,
Kansas adopted "Home On the Range" as its official state song, and I believe (though I'm not sure) Tennessee did the same with Tennessee Waltz.
G.


12 Sep 01 - 01:56 AM (#547851)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca

Tennessee did, but it was one of several. Number 4 or 5, I believe.


26 Aug 04 - 08:32 AM (#1257219)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: GUEST

Is edelweiss the national flower of Austria???


26 Aug 04 - 08:34 AM (#1257221)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: GUEST

according to google; Yes.


26 Aug 04 - 08:52 AM (#1257232)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: Sooz

And of every country within the Alps if the souvenir shops are anything to go by!


27 Aug 04 - 05:02 AM (#1257949)
Subject: RE: edelweiss
From: Polly Squeezebox

The Edelweiss is the symbol flower of the Tirol - but not of the whole of Austria I believe. The Austrians have their own version of a song entitled Edelweiss, which is a very old, traditional and true Austrian folksong. Traditional Austrian singers dislike being asked to sing the R & H American song, and if asked to sing Edelweiss will usually sing the Austrian version. The 3/4 (waltz) rhythm of the R & H version is the rhythm of the modern waltz, whilst the Austrian traditional version is, I believe, of the 'landler' or 'Viennese waltz'.

The R & H version is sometimes sung at the shows put on in very 'touristy' towns/villages like Seefeld, Mayrhofen, Zell, etc., but usually only to pander to American/English visitors.

If you are in the Tirol and in search of REAL Austrian folksong and music, I strongly recommend a visit to Hotel Spielmann in Ehrwald. Every Thursday evening the hotel holds a special meal evening which is followed by Stub'n Music, provided by Hansjorg Spielmann a wonderful traditional singer (now in his seventies) who accompanies himself on guitar. Hans sings traditional songs from all areas of Austria and also from Sud Tirol, which is now in Italy but was Austrian pre-war and annexed off. Also performing each Thursday is a brilliant zither player called Engelbert (?), the two join together to do some two-part jodler songs. You don't need to be staying at the hotel or have the meal to attend the music evening - there will be a small entertainment charge added to your drinks bill at the end of the evening though. If you are able to add to the evening by singing a song or playing an instrument this will be welcomed (and drinks will usually be sent your way in the true Austrian manner of rewarding traditional performers).

Lucky me, we're off for our annual pilgrimage to this hotel in two weeks time.    If you are really interested in getting the Austrian version of Edelweiss let me know before I go and I will provide it on thread when I get back to UK.

Polly


25 Jul 07 - 12:35 AM (#2110631)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Edelweiss
From: GUEST,Kevin

Polly had some nice info - way to go.

As far as i know the edelweiss is actually the unofficial Swiss national flower, not Austrian, although any place you go in the Alps there is at least one group or another that has the Edelweiss as it's symbol.

Also, the primary Austrian dialect is similar to High German as the Southern American dialect is to Proper English, slower and in a thick accent, but still entirely the same as far as grammar and spelling go.


25 Jul 07 - 12:40 AM (#2110634)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Edelweiss
From: Cluin

And Christopher Plummer isn't actually Austrian either.


25 Jul 07 - 02:59 AM (#2110666)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Edelweiss
From: Goose Gander

Edelweiss is my favorite German beer.


25 Jul 07 - 10:26 AM (#2110906)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Edelweiss
From: Mick Tems

Hi Polly,

Thanks for the useful information about Austrian traditional music and the Hotel Speilmann. You may be interested to know that, when I was at the Heidenheim Festival in Southern Germany, there was a team of young Austrian folk dancers accompanied by a musician who played a massive melodeon-cum-accordion. It had four rows of buttons and and, at the bass end, eight soundholes looking very much like trumpets to carry the sound of the massively deep chords. Other musicians play the squeezebox, but this magnificent thing actually grunted!

I've got digital pics of the melodeon-accordion if you want to pm me.


26 Jul 07 - 04:15 AM (#2111562)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Edelweiss
From: Polly Squeezebox

Hi Dr. Price,

The instrument you describe seems to be a Stieirische Harmonika. I fell in love with the sound of one on my first visit to the Stieirmark area of Austria some 20 odd years ago. More recently we were visiting the Tirol and on a day's visit to Innsbruck when I spotted one in a music shop. This was very unusual because they are usually made to order only. Jack (husband) being in his most generous mood ever very kindly bought it for me (£2,000 + !!!). I am probably the proud owner of the only Stieirisch in UK. To my shame I rarely play it - it is very heavy. When I am going to be attending an event I know you will be at (Crediton 2008?), I will bring it with me so that you can examine it closely - a truly beautiful instrument. On the rare occasions I do take it out it really confuses session players when I start playing what looks rather like a melodeon. If playing 'known' session tunes they reach for instruments then start puzzling to find the key I'm playing in - my 3-row Stieirische is in brass band tuning!

Lucky me, I'm off to the Tirol again in 5 weeks (and hoping they'll have some sun there!).

Polly


25 Dec 07 - 12:24 AM (#2222227)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Edelweiss (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
From: GUEST,adelheid

Actually, almost any dialect of "Austrian" is not intelligible to someone who speaks High German, but Austrians are taught High German as Americans are taught Standard English in school.

The Edelweiss is, in fact, the Austrian national flower. Too bad for the Swiss there ;)

(And I am actually Austrian, if you couldn't guess from my name.)


25 Dec 07 - 02:34 AM (#2222253)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Edelweiss (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
From: Goose Gander

I have about three years of 'high german' learned at high school and university . . . but I know nothing of dialects . . . so, unfortunatly, though I still like 'Eidelweiss' the beer and Edeilweiss the song, I can offer no insight on Austrian folk music.


11 Apr 09 - 03:04 AM (#2609062)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Edelweiss (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
From: GUEST

it been my favorite song then, since i've heard it sung by Christopper plummer in the film, "The Sound of Music". I'd really like the song and the movie. God bless, Edelweiss Forever