Label: Readers Digest - GSEE-A-170 • Format: 8x, Vinyl LP, Compilation Box Set • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz, Classical, Stage & Screen • Style: Easy Listening, Romantic
It is "the single biggest popular hit to come out of any Rodgers and Hammerstein show. The song appears in the first act of the musical. It is sung as a solo by the show's male lead, Emile de Becque, a middle-aged French expatriate who has become a plantation owner on a South Pacific island during World War II.
The two have known each other for only a few weeks, and each worries that the other may not return his or her love.
Emile expresses his romantic feelings for Nellie, recalling how they met at an officers' club dance and instantly were attracted to each other. He asks her to marry him. In the song, he describes a man seeing a stranger and instantly knowing he will see her again, hearing her laughter and dreaming of it. Pinza won the Tony Award for Best Actor in for this role,  and the song made him a favorite with audiences and listeners who normally did not attend or listen to opera. In the film version of South Pacificthe first and second scenes of the play Youll Never Know - Various - Some Enchanted Evening switched around.
Because of the switch, Emile enters later in the film, and "Some Enchanted Evening" is not heard until nearly 45 minutes into the film, while in the original stage version it is heard about Youll Never Know - Various - Some Enchanted Evening minutes after Act I begins.
According to Popular Music in Americathe song's "lush orchestration, expansive form, and above all its soaring melody" allow the singer and character Emile to "linger in the moment" of immediate infatuation.
According to the running commentary on the Fox DVD release of the film version of South PacificLehman Engel remembered that Oscar Hammerstein II wanted to write a song based around verbs but waited ten years to do so before he wrote this song,  in which the verses are built around the verbs "see", "hear" and "fly".
Many popular singers have recorded and performed "Some Enchanted Evening". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Some Enchanted Evening song. This article is about the song. For other uses, see Some Enchanted Evening disambiguation. Overlook Press, Obertura Miniautra - Tchaikovsky*, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional De Francia*, Roger Desormiere* - Suit Excerpted in: Block, Geoffrey.
The Richard Rodgers Readerp. Greenwood Press, Archived from the original on 23 April Retrieved 5 April Washington Post. December 15, Alessondrini mentions that Hammerstein told Engel that he wanted to write a lyric focusing on verbs ten years before he wrote South Pacific.
Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 20, Rodgers and Hammerstein. State Fair Oklahoma! The Sound of Music Live.
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