Edelweiss

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Edelweiss."

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Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Beginner
Keys of D and G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Edelweiss."

Edelweiss -  Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Edelweiss - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Edelweiss - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Edelweiss - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"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 was created for the character of Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp, created in the 1959 Broadway production of the musical by folk-singer Theodore Bikel. In the musical Captain von Trapp and his family sing this song during the concert near the end of Act II as a statement of Austrian patriotism in the face of the pressure put upon him to join the navy of Nazi Germany. It is also Captain von Trapp's subliminal goodbye to his beloved homeland, using the flower as a symbol of his loyalty to it. 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 utilize the guitar-playing and folk-singing talents of Theodore Bikel, who had been cast as the Captain. 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. 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 simple yet haunting and affecting waltz-time melody to the simple Italian style ritornello 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. (wikipedia)

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.
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  • #7475

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune “Edelweiss.”

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/edelweiss-fiddle-tune/]

    #7476
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    Simple…a classic.
    This sounds funny, but a local doctor sung this to one of his young patients to keep her calm while he stitched her up from a bad accident. She still remembers and that was several years ago. Love small communities!

    #7481

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It is a beautiful song! At my wedding, the congregation sang a benediction to the tune. The words go like this:

    May the Lord, mighty God,
    Bless and keep you forever,
    Grant you peace, perfect peace,
    Courage in every endeavor.

    Lift your eyes and see His face,
    And His grace forever.
    May the Lord, mighty God,
    Bless and keep you forever.

    I have extremely fond memories of this event, but I later found out that Rodgers (and now his estate) would not allow alternative lyrics to be used with the tune!

    #7982
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    That’s beautiful John! I’m glad you and your wife were able to get away with it 😉

    #7991

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha yes we didn’t see reps from BMI so we just decided to go for it 🙂

    #26803
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Hello Dr. John,

    What a pleasure to hear and be able to begin to practice such a beautiful piece.  Being rather easy, I’ll show off with this one for a while.   Am adding this to my daily practice to get in more G and D string sounds.   The Suzuki method almost wore out my A and E strings am I’m delighted to be able to practice “grown up” music now with tabulature.   Try to get in a few attempts at Ashoken Farewell, I’ll Fly Away and Boil them Cabbage with every session as well as the Norwegian song that you so kindly found for me.

    #37305
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

     WONDERFUL SONG!   Can really practice my vibrato on this one,  I think.    Thank you for providing us with such marvelous stuff with tabulature and I’m trying to translate it back to notes on my own for practice in note reading.  Thoroughly enjoying these lessons!

    #37330

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks! Hope to hear you play this soon.

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