My Favorite Things (song)

My Favorite Things is a song from the 1959 musical The Sound of Music incurred and the film of the same name. The song, a fast waltz was composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and is sung in the movie version of Julie Andrews.

Theme and structure of the song

The piece is composed in comparatively monotonous quarter notes that match the Litany of the ( pre- finished ) Song text in which just favorite things are enumerated: Of the raindrops on roses and beige-colored ponies crisp apple strudel and sleigh bells to girls in white dresses. All of these things could cheer you when you're thinking of them, while one goes bad. Alec Wilder felt the melody as " brooding strange ".

Effective history

Due to its popularity in the English-speaking world, the piece served several established artists, including John Coltrane and Dave Brubeck, as a template for their own versions, which resulted in the modal jazz. Coltrane used - first in 1960 on the album My Favorite Things - his heavily modified version, is repeated constantly in the beginning ( " Raindrops on roses ..."), interspersed with solo vamps; in the next few years he played the piece with almost every live performance, making it his theme song was virtually. Coltrane's popularization of the title meant that jazz singers like Sarah Vaughan (1961 ), Mark Murphy ( 1961), Betty Carter (1964 ) or Al Jarreau (1969 and then in 1994 with Kathleen Battle in duet ) interpreted the song. Later, Maria João experimented ( duet with Aki Takase, 1987) and David Moss ( as a solo piece, 1990).

Cover versions were also produced by modern bands like OutKast ( a remix of Coltrane's version) and Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. At the Academy Awards in 2004, comedian Billy Crystal described with a modified version of My Favorite Things the award-winning film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In the film Dancer in the Dark by Lars von Trier, Björk sings an a cappella version of the song. On his the 2008 album Guitars presents McCoy Tyner (even long pianist with John Coltrane ) another cover version of the piece with Béla Fleck on banjo before.

In Austria, where the Sound of Music story told in plays, both the song and the film are largely unknown; However, especially in the United States and Great Britain Austria is inseparable from the film and related songs.