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The Top Songs from Sound of Music

Songs that carried Salzburg’s charm out into the world

Until the very day, the compositions and texts from Sound of Music delight a big audience, on the screen as well as in one of the many stage versions. Particularly in the Anglophone world, already the young ones can sing along the heart-warming songs. Those catchy tunes have massively contributed to burn Salzburg’s pictures into the heads of a world-wide fan community. 

“The Sound of Music“

The hills are alive with the sound of music ... the film’s eponymous song immediately invokes the initial Sound of Music scenes in the film fans’ minds: Julie Andrews, singing and spinning in circles with open arms on a green hill in front of the Salzburger Land’s mountain scenery. The American Film Institute even ranked the song tenth in their list of the 100 Greatest Songs in Movie History.

“Do-Re-Mi”

The song that Maria uses to teach the children the musical scale accompanies several consecutive scenes showing the family as they wander through Salzburg, cycle along Lake Mondsee or ride a carriage through Salzburg’s Old Town.

Here you find the music-video of "Do-Re-Mi" (Copyright: Rogers and Hammerstein):

“My Favourite Things”

“My Favourite Things” combines the recital of favourites such as „cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudle“ with an easy-going melody. In the film the cheerful song serves to encourage the Trapp children during a thunderstorm that is roaring outside. Due to its popularity in the English-speaking world, many artists copied the song for their own versions.

“Edelweiss”

“Edelweiss” is so familiar that some Sound of Music fans have declared it their secret hymn of Austria. The song can be heard twice in the film version of the musical: one time Baron von Trapp sings it in the living room of the family home together with his children, but the better-known scene is the one in the Felsenreitschule at the singing contest, shortly before the family’s planned escape from Salzburg.

Nearly all the songs from The Sound of Music were written and composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. In the year of the film’s release, the soundtrack hit the top position of the best-selling albums of the year in the USA. Also in the UK, the film soundtrack ranked number one several times and was the best-selling album of the entire decade.

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