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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000457.txt from 2004/08

From: Andy Raibeck <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Non-Clarinet Musical Question
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 23:08:30 -0400

From what I can find on this, the tune "Gluhwurmchen Idyl" came from the 1902
operetta "Lysistrata" by Paul Lincke with original words in German by Heinz
Bolten-Backers. Lilla Cayley Robinson wrote English lyrics, and then later on
Johnny Mercer wrote some updated lyrics circa 1952. I've found no indication
that Lincke borrowed the melody from some other source, but of course that
doesn't necessarily mean it isn't borrowed.



--- Karl Krelove <> wrote:

> Quick question about the identity of a piece I heard last night (but a great
> leap from Mozart): we were visiting the Artifacts of the Titanic exhibit
> here in Philadelphia. In one of the rooms a loop was playing of a violinist
> with piano accompaniment playing a tune most Americans (I don't know about
> those on the other side of the water) would recognize as Glow Worm ("Shine,
> little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer..."). The performance made me wonder if
> it may have originally been something else that later became "Glow Worm."
> One Internet source I found credits the music to Paul Lincke and the lyric
> (which turns out to be much longer than I ever knew) to Lilla Cayley
> Robinson in 1907, so the song itself might have been popular in 1912. Does
> anyone know if Lincke borrowed from an earlier original source piece? Or was
> this just an instrumental setting of a popular turn-of-the-century song? My
> curiosity was aroused.

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