Thursday, August 16, 2012

André Rieu: Waves Of The Danube

André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra perform Iosif Ivanovici's "Waves of the Danube" at the Waldbühne in Berlin; the Romanian composer, Ivanovic [1845-1902], completed this work in 1880 and dedicated it to Emma Gebauer, the wife of music publisher Constantin Gebauer.

Iosif Ivanovici's work has undergone many adaptations since its release during the Romantic Period; it is known in the United States as "The Anniversary Song." There is also a version in Yiddish called "Der Chasene Waltz," or "The Wedding Waltz." The composition has been adapted for film and TV in many nations, and hence its international popularity and appeal.

You can listen to the great American tenor, Jan Peerce give his rendition of The Wedding Waltz in Yiddish here; and Al Jolson sing an English rendition here.

The Anniversary Song
By Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin

Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed
We vowed our true love, though a word wasn't said
The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies
Except for the few that were there in your eyes

Dear, as I held you close in my arms
Angels were singing a hymn to your charms
Two hearts gently beating, murmuring low
"Darling, I love you so"

The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn
The sun shone anew but the dance lingered on
Could we but recall that sweet moment sublime
We'd find that our love is unaltered by time

Darling, I love you so

Der Chasene Waltz
Arr byHenry Lefkowitch
Yiddish lyrics: Chaim Tauber

Akh, yene nakht, yene gliklikhe nakht
hot freyd on a shir far undz beyde gebrakht.
Tsum ershtn mol ven ikh hob dikh gezen [gezeyn],
geshpilt hot dan di muzik azoy sheyn.

Tsvey yunge hertser mir zenen geven [geveyn],
libes gefiln umshuldik un reyn.
Gedrikt hob ikh dir azoy tsertlikh tsu mir,
zikh ayngelibt bald in dir.

Koym zikh dervart, fun der shul nor aroys,
gefayert a khasene, glik azoy groys.
Gedenkstu di nakht, s'hot geshpilt di muzik,
dem zelbn valts fun glik.

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