- NNHS Newsletter - Edelweiss
“I will be the gladdest thing
Edna St. Vincent Millay,
“Afternoon on a Hill”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I love this song.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFHujvkacNY - Edelweiss - Bill Lee dubbing for Christopher Plummer
"Edelweiss" is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. It is named after the edelweiss, a white flower found high in the Alps. It is sung by Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp and his family during the concert near the end of Act II as a defiant statement of Austrian patriotism in the face of the pressure put upon him to join the navy of Nazi Germany. In the 1965 film adaptation, the song is also sung by the Captain earlier in the film as he rediscovers music and a love for his children.
While The Sound of Music was in tryouts in Boston, Richard Rodgers felt Captain von Trapp should have a song with which he would bid farewell to the Austria he knew and loved. He and Oscar Hammerstein II decided to write an extra song that Captain von Trapp would sing in the Kaltzberg Festival (Salzburg Festival in the film) concert sequence towards the end of the show. As they were writing it, they felt that this song could also utilise the guitar-playing and folk-singing talents of Theodore Bikel, who created the role of Captain von Trapp on Broadway. The Lindsay and Crouse script provides a metaphor of the edelweiss flower, as a symbol of the Austria that Captain von Trapp, Maria and their children knew would live on in their hearts despite the Nazi annexation of their homeland. As such, the metaphor of this song builds on an earlier scene when Gretl presents a bouquet of edelweiss flowers to Elsa Schraeder during her visit to the von Trapp household. Rodgers provided a haunting waltz-time melody to the simple lyric that Hammerstein wrote about the appearance of the edelweiss flower. This song turned out to be one of the most beloved songs in the musical, and also one of the best-loved songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
This song was the last song that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together; Hammerstein was suffering from stomach cancer, which would take his life nine months after The Sound of Music opened on Broadway.
Although the stage production uses the song only during the concert sequence, Ernest Lehman's screenplay for the film adaptation uses the song twice. Lehman created a scene that makes extra use of the song. This scene, inspired by a line in the original script by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, calls for Captain von Trapp to sing this song with his children in their family drawing room and rediscover the love he felt for them. Lehman also expanded the scope of the song when it was sung in the Salzburg Festival concert scene so that Captain von Trapp and his family would call the crowds to join in the song with him, in defiance of the Nazi soldiers posted around the arena. It is interesting to note that one of the Nazi commandants is shown singing in a baritone, revealing that he cares more for Austria than for the Reich.
The great popularity of the song has led many of its audience to believe that it is an Austrian folk song or even the official national anthem. The New York Times and The Guardian have both reported that Ronald Reagan had it performed for an emissary of Austria when he visited the United States, believing it to be their national anthem. However, Austria's official anthem is "Land der Berge, Land am Strome" and the anthem used before the Anschluss was "Sei gesegnet ohne Ende". The edelweiss is a popular flower in Austria and was featured on the old 1 Schilling coin. It can also now be seen on the 2 cent Euro coin. The flower is protected in Austria and illegal to pick. An "edelweiss" is also worn as a cap device by certain Austrian Army and all German Gebirgsjäger  (Mountain Troopers, literal translation Mountain Hunters) Units.
There is similar confusion about another song co-authored by Hammerstein, "Ol' Man River" from the musical Showboat, which is widely misbelieved to be a Negro spiritual. The similarity in misconception about the two songs has been noted by two writers, both of whom see it as as tribute to Hammerstein's talents. Alyson McLamore in her book Musical theater: an appreciation writes "The last song to be written for the show was "Edelweiss," a tender little homage to a native flower of Austria that has the effect of authentic Austrian folksong, much as "Ol' Man River" struck listeners as a genuine African American spiritual" Hugh Fordin in his biography of Oscar Hammerstein speaks of "the ability of the authors to simulate the quality of an authentic folk song..."Ol' Man River" had the ring of a black laborer's song...Thirty years later "Edelweiss was widely believed to be an old Austiran song, though Oscar...composed it for the Sound of Music."
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/15/16 - "Update on Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA)":
After years of watching Jerry’s PSA go up, a special MRI showed lesions that led to the 4th biopsy that was extensive...73 samples. The cancer was finally confirmed. At our Christmas Eve consult, the urologist said that he would consult with Jerry’s oncologist... I call him Special K. He is wonderful. A CAT scan and bone scan were to be set up. Almost two weeks later, when we had not heard anything, Jerry sent a text message to Dr. K’s nurse to see if they had heard anything from the urologist. Dr. K called that day (Monday) and talked to Jerry. He had not heard from the urologist. The next day Jerry received a call from imaging that the two scans were set (for Thursday) by Dr. K. Later the urologist’s nurse called to set up imaging and we told her that it had been taken care of by the oncologist (who doesn’t mess around). On Friday, the urologist called with good news that the scans were clear, showing no cancer beyond the gland itself. Whew! How did he know? The oncologist sent him the results. The urologist had set up an appointment to see the radiologist yesterday, I assumed for the first treatment. I was wrong.
On Monday, Jerry followed up with the PA of the surgeon who removed two melanomas (follow up and all clear). She was amazed at the story of the prostate. She got right on the phone and two days later we were in the office of the oncologist for a detailed consult to come up with a plan. We spoke up and told Dr. K that we were not comfortable with how things had been handled by the urologist and that we wanted him to take the lead on all treatment, etc. I also asked about the radiologist and told him I didn’t like using one in another system as set up by the urologist. I wanted the one Jerry went to for the lymphoma. Dr. K jumped up and walked across to see the radiologist, Dr. M and got us in to see him that day, Wednesday. Dr. M saw us after getting caught up on Jerry’s situation and speaking to Dr. K. Both docs took their time in explaining all options and why they suggested radiation and hormone therapy. Also, Dr. M was shocked that nothing had been done about Jerry’s discomfort and prescribed a medication for that. Between the two docs, we have a plan, a schedule and medication all in one day.
Why did I give the details? We learned that it is important to SPEAK UP when you don’t feel good about things. Also, that it is important to have docs that care about you and are willing to do what it takes. Another important factor is the health care system. Things go more smoothly if you stay within the same system where the docs work closely together for your good.
Most important is the network of friends and family praying for you and the BEST OF ALL, GOD ALMIGHTY, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF EVERYTHING.
Many thanks to all of you for your support!
YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Dearest Judy! You know we always keep you and your darling husband in our prayers!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Chuck Anspach ('60) of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
18 - Eileen Rash Vaught ('57)
Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA;
Ware Morrison ('63) of VA;
20 - Ware Morrison ('63) of VA;
21 -Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA;
22 - Bruce Sims ('56) of VA AND Carolyn Clark Wilt ('57) AND Sandra Sherman Filippo ('57) AND the late Norman Dick ('60) (deceased 26 Nov 2015) AND Rochelle Spooner ('63) of NY;
23 - Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD!
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|January 16, 1944 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.|
THIS DAY IN 1966:
|Sunday, January 16, 1966 - Discus thrower and hammer thrower Anthony Washington was born in Glasgow, Montana.|
|“Don’t be gloomy. Do not dwell on unkind things. Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. ‘Accentuate the positive.’ Look a little deeper for the good. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life.”|
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/15/16 - "Le Petit Chef":
Guaranteed to make you smile!
is very clever. They project down from the ceiling onto the customer's
table. It entertains customers while they wait for their meals.
Thanks, Dearest Judy!
|INDEED! Thank you, Jane!|
|“I told my
psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous -
everyone hasn't met me yet.”
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/05/16 - "TO MY FRIENDS WHO THINK THEY HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING (#6 in a series of 60)":
I think you will enjoy this!
OOH! Thanks, Dools!
BONUS EDELWEISS CROCHET PATTERN:
|1. Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.|
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/16/16
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE: http://www.nnhs65.com
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to email@example.com; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Music by Richard Rodgers (28 June 1902 - 30 Dec 1979)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (12 July 1895 - 30 Aug 1960)
The Sound of Music,
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
Bless my homeland forever.
CAPTAIN, MARIA, THE CHILDREN AND CHORUS:
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Bless my homeland forever
"Edelweiss" midi courtesy of http://alien98.tripod.com/show.htm - 01/18/11 (sic)
"Edelweiss" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/rodgers_and_hammerstein/edelweiss.html - 01/18/11 (sic)
Image of Edelweiss courtesy of - http://ubiquitous-ly.com/tag/ideas/ - 01/18/11 (sic)
Flower Bar 59 Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/pa/FlaminJune/Flowerlines4.html - 01/19/11 (sic)
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA -
05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
School's Crab clip art courtesy of
http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI
one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Animated Rolling on the Floor
Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen
of VA - 08/13/10
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2016
Return to NNHS Class of 1965