The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music!

An Instant Classic

The Sound of Music is probably the most successful musical to ever be turned into a featured film. Personally, this musical was a huge part of my childhood. We would watch this several times a month at home as a family. We NEVER got tired of it, and it truly became a part of us.

Recently, The Sound of Music celebrated it's 45th anniversary. Promotion was pretty huge in the latter 2010 with special appearances on some of the most popular T.V. shows. For the first time in 45 years all of the Van Trapp children and parents (actors) got together for a special appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show . This really was something special for them and you could just see how much they all appreciated having The Sound of Music as part of their childhood. It was funny because even though they had not all been together in 45 years, they were talking and laughing as if they just finished the film merely days ago. It was amazing what they were able to remember, but at the same time when you are a part of something as large and phenomenal as The Sound of Music ...you do not forget the details!

If you do not own the soundtrack, you should! I purchased my copy for $9.00 at the local Walmart! (Talk about a great deal!) Anyhow, the 45th anniversary edition of the CD actually has a much clearer and better quality sound then previous recordings I have heard. It makes me even more excited to purchase the DVD!

Currently, I am watching musical after musical! The Sound of Music is yet another movie that I am using to train myself for the musical I am writing called The Frog Prince . The opening piece is actually quite similar to the open piece in The Sound of Music . I am really happy at how well is going, and I owe much of my composition talents to great musicians, songwriters, and composers that get me interested and excited in music. (Thank you Rogers and Hammerstein! )

Music is something that I feel has went down in quality over the years, and I hope to change that. However, when it comes down to what will stand in the next 50 years...people will still be talking about The Sound of Music , but they won't remember the big names today. Some things are just classics and will last forever. This is one of those cases!

The Sound of Music on Oprah:

Pictures from the film:

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The "Do-Re-Mi" sequence was considered to be the first ever "music video"."My Favorite Things" was one of the first scenes to be filmed."Edelweiss" is song by the Captain as requested by the children.Maria gets in trouble for taking the children out playing.  She is wet from following out of a boat.A more recent photo of Julie Andrews who played Maria.
The "Do-Re-Mi" sequence was considered to be the first ever "music video".
The "Do-Re-Mi" sequence was considered to be the first ever "music video".
"My Favorite Things" was one of the first scenes to be filmed.
"My Favorite Things" was one of the first scenes to be filmed.
"Edelweiss" is song by the Captain as requested by the children.
"Edelweiss" is song by the Captain as requested by the children.
Maria gets in trouble for taking the children out playing.  She is wet from following out of a boat.
Maria gets in trouble for taking the children out playing. She is wet from following out of a boat.
A more recent photo of Julie Andrews who played Maria.
A more recent photo of Julie Andrews who played Maria.

Listen to a few tracks from The Sound of Music!

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Additional Photos:

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The Von Trapp Family Singers decide to perform as a way to escape the Nazis who are trying to draft the Captain into military service.To the delight of the children, Maria comes back from the abbey.Another scene from "Do-Re-Mi".  Maria teaches the children the basics of singing and music."Something Good" is where the Captain and Maria finally profess their love for one another."I Have Confidence" is sung by Maria on her way to the Von Trapp Estate.  "Seven children...what's so fearsome about that?"Maria tries to decide how to best teach the children how to sing.A good shot of the Von Trapp children with Maria (J. Andrews)
The Von Trapp Family Singers decide to perform as a way to escape the Nazis who are trying to draft the Captain into military service.
The Von Trapp Family Singers decide to perform as a way to escape the Nazis who are trying to draft the Captain into military service.
To the delight of the children, Maria comes back from the abbey.
To the delight of the children, Maria comes back from the abbey.
Another scene from "Do-Re-Mi".  Maria teaches the children the basics of singing and music.
Another scene from "Do-Re-Mi". Maria teaches the children the basics of singing and music.
"Something Good" is where the Captain and Maria finally profess their love for one another.
"Something Good" is where the Captain and Maria finally profess their love for one another.
"I Have Confidence" is sung by Maria on her way to the Von Trapp Estate.  "Seven children...what's so fearsome about that?"
"I Have Confidence" is sung by Maria on her way to the Von Trapp Estate. "Seven children...what's so fearsome about that?"
Maria tries to decide how to best teach the children how to sing.
Maria tries to decide how to best teach the children how to sing.
A good shot of the Von Trapp children with Maria (J. Andrews)
A good shot of the Von Trapp children with Maria (J. Andrews)

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