Story: Classical musicians

Oscar Natzke

In this 1949 newsreel, Oscar Natzke (sometimes spelt Natzka) sings Mussorgsky's 'Song of the flea'. The text is taken from a scene in Goethe's play, Faust, where Mephistopheles (Satan) sings a lusty song about a king who lavishes attention on a flea in his court.

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Reference: Weekly Review 405. National Film Unit, 1949

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Peter Walls, 'Classical musicians - Leading baritones and basses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 October 2022)

Story by Peter Walls, published 22 Oct 2014