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'The Little Mermaid'

The statue of the Little Mermaid was created as a memorial to Hans Christian Andersen in Copenhagen Harbor. hide caption

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The statue of the Little Mermaid was created as a memorial to Hans Christian Andersen in Copenhagen Harbor.

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Another composer who wrote music based on the words of Hans Christian Andersen was Alexander Zemlinsky. The Danish National Symphony and conductor Michael Schoenwandt perform the opening movement from Zemlinsky's The Mermaid, following a short reading from Andersen's story "The Little Mermaid."

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