I get to talk to one of my favorite movie musicals of all time in this post and I am so excited. I first saw the Sound Of Music when I was 10 years old at my grandparents house… it was first introduction to musical movies. Did you know that the Von Trapps were a real family of musicians? I have been to the Von Trapp family lodge in Stowe Vermont and it is such a fun place to go.. I really want to go back! The movie is actually based on the memoir of Maria Von Trapp which was published in 1947 after her husband Georg’s death. Maria Von Trapp was portrayed on screen by the great Dame Julie Andrews and Captain Von Trapp was played by Christopher Plummer. The stage musical premiered on Broadway in the Lunt Fontaine Theatre on November 16th, 1959 and the movie premiered in 1965. Mary Martin played Maria Von Trapp and Captain Von Trapp was portrayed by Theodore Bikel.
MY favorite songs from the Sound Of Music include I Have Confidence, 16 Going On 17, My Favorite Things, Something Good and Do Re Mi. The song I am going to talk about today is Edelweiss.
First of all what is Edelweiss? It is a flower that is a popular flower in Sweden and Austria. It means noble white in German, This flower grows high in the Alps.
This song is beautiful and I always thought it had wonderful harmonies in it. SVC performed it in their Christmas Around The World concert in 2012. This song was written for the Sound Of Music because it was a good representation of guitar playing and folk singing. It is sung in the festival performance scene in the movie and musical. The actor who played Georg in the musical was a good guitar player so this song was well suited for him. Sadly this was the last song that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together before Hammerstein died of cancer.
How is this song related to Christmas and the holiday season? I wondered the same thing recently. If you listen to the lyrics it says “Blossom of Snow may you bloom and glow?” As I mentioned Edelweiss means Noble White in German which makes perfect sense for the holiday season. While The Sound Of Music is technically not a holiday film Edelweiss and My Favorite Things are my favorite Christmas songs from that movie.
Sources: Wikkipedia and Broadway Musicals The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time