Johann Strauss
Johann Strauss

Die Fledermaus (in English: The Bat;’ in French: La Chauve-souris’) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée.

Johann Strauss – Die Fledermaus Overture
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The original source for Die Fledermaus is a farce by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix (1811–1873), Das Gefängnis (The Prison). Another source is a French vaudeville play, Le réveillon, by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. This was first translated by Carl Haffner into a non-musical play to be produced in Vienna. However, the peculiarly French custom of the réveillon (a midnight supper party) caused problems, which were solved by the decision to adapt the play as a libretto for Johann Strauss, with the réveillon replaced by a Viennese ball. At this point Haffner’s translation was handed over for adaptation to Richard Genée, who subsequently claimed not only that he had made a fresh translation from scratch but that he had never even met Haffner.
The operetta premièred on April 5, 1874 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria and has been part of the regular operetta repertoire ever since. It currently appears as number 19 on Opera America’s list of the 20 most-performed operatic works in North America.
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“When rain has hung the leaves with tears

I want you near to kill my fears

To help me to leave all my blues behind….”

Donovan – Catch the wind

“Catch the Wind” is a song written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released as a single in the United Kingdom on March 12, 1965 through Pye Records (Pye 7N 15801) and a few months later in the United States through Hickory Records (Hickory 45-1309). The single was backed with “Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?” on both the United Kingdom and United States releases. “Catch the Wind” was the first release by Donovan. It reached No.4 in the United Kingdom singles chart and No.23 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. The single version featured Donovan’s vocals with echo and a string section. The song was re-recorded for Donovan’s first album What’s Bin Did and What’s Bin Hid without the vocal echo and strings.

In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty
I long to be in the warm hold of your mind
To feel you all around me and to take your hand across the sand
Ah but I may as well try and catch the wind
When sundown pales the sky I want to hide a while behind your smile
And everywhere I’d look your eyes I’d find
For me to love you now would be the sweetest thing, ‘twould make me sing
Ah but I might as well try and catch the wind
Dee dee dee dee etc
When rain has covered leaves with tears
I want you near to kill my fears
To help me leave all my blues behind
While standing in your heart is where I wanna be and long to be
Ah but I might as well try and catch the wind
Ah but I may as well try and catch the wind