hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks of All Time: The Sound Of Music
With some great in-store offers coming this summer on film soundtracks as part our 'Decades' series, every day we'll be picking the best soundtrack, one for every year, starting with 1950 right through to the present day. Today we're up to 1965 and it’s the turn of one of the biggest musicals of all time, The Sound Of Music.
The Sound Of Music, the film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical.
So what’s the film about?
Based on Maria Augusta von Trapp’s memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, the film sees Julie Andrews starring as Maria, an Austrian nun in training just prior to World War II. She frequently annoys the nuns with mischievous behaviour, so she is asked to take leave of the convent to look after Baron Von Trapp, a widowed naval captain, and his seven children.
The children are initially hostile to Maria, but she soon wins them over with her musical ways. Slowly she and the Baron start to fall in love, despite the fact she is due to become a nun and he is engaged to another woman. Their relationship is then further threatened when Nazi Germany invades Austria and demand that Von Trapp return to the Navy.
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
It’s a musical, so it’s a score containing all the songs from the film.
So what’s it like?
The songs and music are all written by Rodger & Hammerstein. The duo were responsible many classics from the golden age of musicals, including Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I, so it’s full of catchy tunes. It’s musical theatre at its best, the songs are as sweet as candy and the whole thing is simply delightful.
What does it give the film?
Despite being such a feel-good film, the story actually takes place during one of the darkest periods in recent history – the advance of Nazi Germany across Europe. Thus the happy, uplifting songs, which celebrate many of life’s simple pleasures, show how the goodness in human beings can overcome even the very worst of times.
Plus, as a musical it lives or dies on how good the songs are, and these tunes will definitely get stuck in your head.
What’s the best moment?
‘Do-Re-Mi’. Julie Andrews trying to teach the Von Trapp children the notes of the major musical scale is just lovely, and the non-musical amongst you might actually learn something along the way as well.
Has it stood the test of time?
Yes. The songs are utterly timeless, and revivals and sing-alongs are still popular to this day.