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"Edelweiß" - "Edelweiss"

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SONG BACKGROUND
The first thing you need to know about the song "Edelweiss" is that it is not an Austrian or German song. The only thing "German" about "Edelweiss" is its title and the Alpine flower itself. The song was written and composed by two Americans: Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (words). Hammerstein did have a German heritage, but the song is strictly American. (Hammerstein's grandfather, Oscar Hammerstein I, was born in Sceczin, Pommerania in 1848, the eldest son of a German-speaking, Jewish family.) In the film version, Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) sings an emotional version of "Edelweiss," which may have contributed to the false idea that it is the Austrian national anthem.

The second thing you need to know about the song "Edelweiss" is that it is virtually unknown in Austria, as is the classic film "The Sound of Music." Although Salzburg makes a good living by exploiting the film, the Austrian city's tourist customers for "The Sound of Music" tours include very few Austrians or Germans.

NOTE: The German and English versions of the "Edelweiss" song lyrics below are provided for educational use only. No infringement of copyright is implied or intended. The English lyrics below are the original Hammerstein version, not a translation of the German. The author of the German version is unknown to us.

Edelweiß - Edelweiss
DEUTSCH

Musik: Richard Rodgers
Text: Oscar Hammerstein
Deutsch: Unbekannt

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.

ENGLISH

Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein
Musical: "The Sound of Music"

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.


More about Edelweiss and "The Sound of Music"

WEB > What is Edelweiss? - The flower
WEB > Was ist Edelweiß? - Die Blume


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