“Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella” melody: How Felix Harrer invented the fairy tale hit

DJ Felix Harrer and his colleague Jaques Raupé have gone viral in recent weeks with a techno version of the famous flute melody from the Christmas film “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella”.

“Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella” melody: How Felix Harrer invented the fairy tale hit

DJ Felix Harrer and his colleague Jaques Raupé have gone viral in recent weeks with a techno version of the famous flute melody from the Christmas film “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella”.

For Harrer, “3 Hazelnuts” is the greatest success he has achieved with his music to date. In the German charts - be it the iTunes or singles charts - the song has already reached first place everywhere. It had already been played almost six million times on Spotify as of December 22nd. Harrer himself is now invited to shows like Sat.1 breakfast television as a TikTok phenomenon.

The DJ revealed to “Bild” that the fairy tale film is also shown at his home every year. “It has a nostalgic charm that is always well received,” says Harrer. He also used this nostalgic charm for his song. In the song, the typical melody of the classic forest scene is in the foreground, but gets a lot of pressure from a techno beat.

Harrer now revealed to "MDR" how the unusual music combination came about: Because he regularly searches through old music for remix potential, he came up with the idea for the Cinderella remix. However, he wasn't the first to do this: his colleague Jaques Raupé had already mixed the song in 2011. The two DJs networked through his label and released the new version together.

The breakthrough finally came with a self-made TikTok video that went viral almost immediately: two million people had already seen and, above all, heard it after just one day. The self-proclaimed people's DJ didn't expect that, as Felix Harrer assured the "MDR".

By the way, the original melody of the song comes from the Czech composer Karel Svoboda (1938-2007). He had a knack for melodies that were suitable for fairy tales and children's films: among other things, he wrote the music for "Maya the Bee", "Pinocchio" and "Wickie and the Strong Men".

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