603 Steinbach Nutcracker The Rosenkavalier
Rosenkavalier-It is a statistical fact that here in Europe, six times as
many flowers are given to the ladies than is the case in the United
States. The giving of flowers is customary on both sides of the
Atlantic as a special way of acknowledging a favor or an important event
and also of showing affection, and it almost always brings great joy to
the recipient. For Europeans the red rose is an expression of
love, harmony, beauty and tenderness.
The word Rosenkavalier (meaning
Cavalier of Knight of the Roses) is the name of the romantic comedy
written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The music for this theatrical
piece was composed by Richard Strauss for his romantic opera which had
its premier in the year 1911 in Dresden.
The uplifting, almost spiritual effect
of a bouquet of roses with its unmistakable fragrance is a cultural
tradition from the good old days that still elicits the same wonderful
reactions today as it did back then. If you should ever happen to
come to Hildesheim near Hannover; then don't forget to see the 1000
year-old rosebush that still blooms to this very day right next to the
cathedral there and has become they symbol of an entire city.
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