What’s the Deal with Do Re Mi? The Story of Solfège

Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp in "The Sound of Music." (ABC News / Youtube)

Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”
(ABC News / Youtube)

One of the more enduring moments from The Sound of Music comes when a free-spirited Maria von Trapp (Julie Andrews) takes a handful of giddy Austrian children out for a singing rampage through Salzburg, Austria.

It’s fair to say that “Do-Re-Mi” is etched into the pop culture mind — you probably knew it before you took your first music class. But the origins of those syllables predate Rodgers and Hammerstein, and aren’t arbitrary sounds. To find out where they came from, we talked to Associate Dean and Professor of Musicology Andrew Dell’Antonio of the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music. Full story.

James Bennett, II (WQXR) / March 31, 2018

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