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Sneedronningen (The Snow Queen) (1851)

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Sneedronningen (The Snow Queen)

Høit ligger paa Marken den hvide Snee,
Dog kan man Lyset i Hytten see;
Der venter Pigen ved Lampens Skjær
Paa sin Hjertenskjær.
I Møllen er stille, see Hjulet staaer.
Snart glatter Svenden sit gule Haar,
Saa hopper han lystigt, hei een, to, tre,
Over Iis og Snee.
Han synger omkap med den skarpe Vind,
Der rødmer saa smukt hans sunde Kind.
Snee-Dronningen rider paa sorten Sky
Over Mark og By.
“Du er mig saa smuk ved Snee-Lysets Skjær,
Jeg kaarer Dig til min Hjertenskjær,
Kom, følg mig høit paa min svømmende Ø,
Over Bjerg og Sø!”
Snee-Flokkene falde saa tyst, saa tæt.
“Jeg fanger Dig vist i mit Blomster-Net!
Hvor Snee-Dyngen reiser sig høit paa Eng,
Staaer vor Brudeseng!”
Ei meer kan man Lyset i Hytten see;
I Ringdands hvirvler den hvide Snee,
Et Stjerneskud spiller bag Skyen smukt,
Nu er det alt slukt.
Klart skinner Solen paa Mark og Eng;
Han sover saa sødt i sin Brude-Seng.
Den Pigelil ængstes, til Møllen hun gaaer,
Men Drivhjulet staaer.

Sneedronningen (The Snow Queen)

Brightly shimmers the snow on the wide path,
Only a lonely light flickers in a little hut.
There, a girl waits for her beloved by the lamplight.
Silent is the mill, the grindstone stands still.
Quickly the young man smoothes his blonde hair;
And cheerfully skips, one, two, three,
Over ice and snow.
Happily he sings through the icy wind,
which burns his beautiful cheeks red.
The Snow Queen travels over the forest
upon the grey clouds.
‘How beautiful you are by the snow’s glow,
I choose you to be mine!
Come, follow me to my swimming cloud of snow,
Over the mountains and seas!’
The snowflakes fall so large and dense,
‘My floral web will catch you; oh do not flee me!
My brides’ bed awaits, shimmering and beautiful,
Come, oh betrothed, come,
And fall asleep beside me!’
The light in the little hut shines no more,
The flakes swirl white in thick rows.
A little bright star shoots from the clouds-
And is suddenly extinguished.
The Sun glows brightly over field and forest,
Asleep in the brides’ bed so icy cold.
The girl grows anxious and goes to the mill,
Yet the grindstone stands still.

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Niels Wilhelm Gade(22 February 1817 – 21 December 1890) was a Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist and teacher. He is considered the most important Danish musician of his day.

Gade was born in Copenhagen, the son of a joiner and instrument maker. He began his career as a violinist with the Royal Danish Orchestra, and saw his concert overture Efterklange af Ossian ("Echoes of Ossian") premiered with them in 1841. When his first symphony was turned down for performance in Copenhagen, he sent it to Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn received the work positively, and conducted it in Leipzig in March 1843, to enthusiastic public reaction. Supported by a fellowship from the Danish government, Gade himself moved to Leipzig, teaching at the Conservatory there, working as an assistant conductor of the Gewandhause Orchestra, and befriending Mendelssohn, who had an important influence on his music. In 1845 he conducted the premiere performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. He also became friends with Robert Schumann. In Copenhagen Niels Gade became acquainted with the composer Cornelius Gurlitt, and they remained friends until the latter's death.

At Mendelssohn’s death in 1847, Gade was appointed to his position as chief conductor but was forced to return to Copenhagen in the spring of 1848 when war broke out between Prussia and Denmark.

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Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, express themes that transcend age and nationality.

Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina", and many more.

His stories have inspired ballets, both animated and live-action films, and plays.

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