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Merry Widow, The
(Merry Widow, The)
USA
1925

Twenty years after the premiere of Franz Lehár’s operetta THE MERRY WIDOW, German director Erich von Stroheim took the story to the silver screen - albeit with major changes. His film adaptation tells Sally’s story before she became a merry widow: meeting Danilo, their love affair and their wedding which was eventually called off. Erich von Stroheim’s movie is in a way the story before the operetta’s plot begins.

THE MERRY WIDOW was a smash hit in 1925 and was met with ecstatic reviews. Franz Lehár himself congratulated von Stroheim and even called the work better than his own operetta. Spectacular entertainment and vicious satire are the ingredients of this rarely shown tragicomedy. Von Stroheim’s film adaptation takes a sarcastic view of status, money and eroticism and reveals their essence brilliantly.

A few years ago, Dutch composer Maud Nelissen created a film score for THE MERRY WIDOW by rearranging some of Lehár’s original operetta music and composing new music in the style of the 1920s.

Compositions:

Maud Nelissen (Compilation)

2005
  large orchestra (from 46 Musicians)    
 
stafflist
1+1/pic.1.2.1 - 2.2.1.1 - timp. perc - pno.acc - hp - str
     
 
Duration
137

Maud Nelissen (Compilation)

2005
  Ensemble (1 - 15 Musicians)    
 
stafflist
0.0.1.0 - 0.1.0.0 - timp.perc - pno.acc - solo str
     
 
Duration
137
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