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Happy Prince

Written by Oscar Wilde

Narrated by Ege Maltepe

Music by  Felix Mendelssohn

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We hope listeners of all ages will enjoy Oscar Wilde’s philosophical story narrated by Ege Maltepe woven with beautiful music by Felix Mendelssohn.


Music: Mendelssohn, Felix - Op.30, No.6 “Gondola Song”

Pianist: Emir Gamsız


“When I was alive and had a human heart, I did not know what tears were, for I lived in the Palace of Sans-Souci where sorrow is not allowed to enter. In the daytime I played with my companions in the garden, and in the evening I led the dance in the Great Hall. Round the garden ran a very lofty wall, but I never cared to ask what lay beyond it, everything about me was so beautiful. My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness. So I lived, and so I died. And now that I am dead they have set me up here so high that I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city, and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot choose but weep.“