Sunday, May 29, 2011

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Music's My Favorite Things

This is from The Sound of Music, a 1965 musical film starring Julie Andrews (Maria) and Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp) and directed by Robert Wise. It was based on the stage play and original Broadway production of 1959 with music by the famous duo of Rodgers & Hammerstein. The stage production and Hollyoood film were themselves based on the memoir of  Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, published in 1949. The film 's central plot centres on the relationship between restrictions, rules and freedom and fun, as the film website, Internet Movie Database (imdb) puts it:
In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one.

When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy and forced to fight against his own country.
I remember when the film came out in the spring of 1965, and our Grade 2 class learned many of the songs from The Sound of Music, including "My Favorite Things." As children, we were naturally enchanted with the whole business.

The Sound of Music: The 1965 musical film is based on the Broadway musical of 1959. The famous duo of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the music for the Broadway show. It is based on the book about the von Trapp family.

My Favorite Things
By Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

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