Work: Naughty Marietta: Ah! Sweet mystery of life
About This Work
Victor Herbert (1859-1924), born in Dublin and trained in Stuttgart, came into his own in New York City as a composer of immensely popular operettas that essentially defined the American musical. Herbert's biggest hit was Naughty Marietta, which
premiered in the New York Theater on Broadway in 1910 and ran for what was then an amazing 136 performances. The greatest hit from Herbert's biggest hit was "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life," a sentimentally ecstatic duet sung by the show's two leads, Captain Warrington and Countessa Marietta, as a hymn to life and love. Later sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the enormously successful film version of the score, the song, and especially its title have become part of the American popular vernacular.
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