Wednesday 3 August 2011
Tune of the Day: Pourquoi me réveiller
from Massenet's opera “Werther”, arranged for flute and piano
French composer Jules Massenet wrote his opera Werther in 1887, based on the German epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Werther's aria “Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?” (“Why awaken me, o breath of spring?”) from Act III has become one of the favorite pieces from the opera, and has been sung in concert by many famous tenors such as Luciano Pavarotti.
Thanks to Jennifer for suggesting this piece!