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Chinese Children’s Songs: Plum Blossom 梅花

 

I love this beautiful waltz. Will someone tell me if this song is Russian in origin? It is a song full of longing and love.

 

我曾走過許多國家

漂泊不定浪跡天涯

我曾看過許多名花

但我最愛這梅花

走遍天涯

賞盡名花

但我最愛這梅花

走遍天涯

賞盡名花

但我最愛這梅花

Plum Blossom (Mei Hua)

I have travelled to so many countries

I’ve wandered to the ends of the world

I’ve seen so many famous flowers

But the one I love most is Mei Hua

To the ends of the world

I’ve seen all the famous flowers

But how I love Mei Hua the most!

To the ends of the world

I’ve seen all the famous flowers

But how I love Mei Hua the most!

 

 

Plum Trees in Blossom! How remarkable, the beauty! Yet, it blossoms in the cold and in snow!

 

 

Mei Hua / Plum Blossom in art…

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Lin #

    It was composed by Beethoven (the most famous German composer) while the original lyrics from Goethe (the most famous German poet). But one of my child´s music book said the melody was originally a Scottish folk tune. Nevertheless, I was unable to verify this or found a second source saying this.

    This song is a popular children´s song in Germany under the German name “Der Bettler mit dem Murmeltier” (the beggar with the Groundhog). Because of the simple melody, it is popular when children learn their first music instrument like piano or flute. You can google this German name and easily find Youtube video with children playing this song.

    Original name of the song was “Marmotte” (“Groundhog” in French). Goethe wrote it in a theater play. In this source, you found the original lyrics and the history:

    http://www.labbe.de/zzzebra/index.asp?themaid=669&titelid=4873

    Original lyric is (translated):

    “I have been in many countries, always with my grundhog with me.”

    This is a sad song about the beggar children from Savoy (a very poor French region at that time). They travel from place to place, let their groundhogs dance and beg for food.

    Lin

    November 17, 2013
  2. jzinius #

    Wow! Lin! Thank you for your input! Great mystery solved for me. I love this piece so much. I really appreciate your insights! – Jzin

    November 17, 2013

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