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Composed: 1874

Length: c. 5 minutes

About this Piece

A frothy comedy of mistaken identities and practical jokes gone awry, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) was premiered in 1874 and has remained in the repertory ever since. At a masked ball in Act II, Rosalinde sings the yearning, then lively “Klänge der Heimat” (Sounds of My Homeland), an aria which Strauss cast in the form of a csárdás, a traditional Hungarian dance, as Rosalinde is pretending to be a Hungarian countess. (Its text is also by Richard Genée, with Carl