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Re: Schumann music and folk song in Willow
• Posted by: emilia   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, October 14, 2007, at 6:25 p.m.
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• In Response to: Schumann music and folk song in Willow (roybatty)

> The fact that Willow's Theme is derived from Robert Schumann's 3rd
> Symphony "Rhenish" is now old news. I recently bouhght the
> Schumann and upon hearing it my initial feeling was that - although it is
> admittedly very similar - Willow is not totally identical to it as the
> Schumann does not contain the four-note statement which opens the Willow
> Theme. This took me by surprise because I had read in various forums that
> Willow is an exact duplicate of this Schumann music. I was also somewhat
> surprised by the different "feel" of it. Did anyone else feel
> the same way?
> I have also read somewhere that Elora Danan's Theme is a
> "note-by-note" copy of an old Bulgarian harvest song. However,
> Wikipedia claims that it resembles the "Redemption Motif" in
> Wagner's "Ring". Does anyone have an opinion on this??

Dear roybatty:

You are absolutely correct. It is a harvest song from the Thracian Valley. Its name is "Mari Stanke Le". It took me about 30 minutes to recognized it, although I am from Bulgaria.


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