Edelweiss

Edelweiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of my favorite songs in The Sound of Music soundtrack (and it will probably become one of my favorite songs of all time). I love it for these reasons:

1. It is so simple, pure, and haunting;

2. It has the quality of a folk song;

3. The word “edelweiss” is so beautiful;

4. I especially love how Austrians and Germans pronounce the letter “w” as “v”;

5. Liesl Von Trapp’s voice blended so beautifully with her father’s voice halfway through the song;

6. Liesl Von Trapp’s (Charmian Carr) voice is so beautiful;

7. The flower “edelweiss” is beautiful and is a perfect metaphor for Austria as the country is so lovely, charming, and picturesque;

8. The flower “edelweiss” is also a good metaphor for works of art like films, novels, and songs because these things are fleeting and ephemeral (All films have an ending, all novels have final chapters, and songs only last until the last word is sung) just as the flower edelweiss is fleeting and ephemeral. But films, novels, and flowers, although temporal in their existence, all point to a transcendent reality, namely Beauty itself, which lasts for eternity.

9. And oh, the song itself is beautifully composed. The words are simple, innocent, and sincere:

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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