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"Do-Re-Mi" is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. Within the story, it is used by Maria to teach the notes of the major musical scale to the Von Trapp children who learn to sing for the first time, even though their father has disallowed frivolity after their mother's death. The song is notable in that each syllable of the musical solfege system appears in its lyrics, sung on the pitch it names.

In the stage version, Maria sings this song in the living room of Captain von Trapp's house, shortly after she introduces herself to the children. However, when Ernest Lehman adapted the stage script into a screenplay for the 1965 film adaptation, he moved the song to later on in the story. In the film, Maria and the children sing this song over a montage as they wander and frolic over Salzburg.

The song soon became popular in its own right. It is often sung in day care centers. It is also often one of the first songs that children will learn to play on simple children's instruments that have only the eight notes of one octave of the major C to C scale. It was originally written in this key in the sheet music and is sung this way in the original stage version of The Sound of Music. However, in the film version it was transposed from C to B flat.

The song was referenced in Madonna's 1992 hit, "Deeper and Deeper" with the line "When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything."

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Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
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I've seen Sound of Music so many dozens of times, I've lost count. LOVE this song, and have so enjoyed reviving it with my toddler, who is a HUGE fan. The coolest part is, she's actually learning basic music theory - how cool is that!? Julie Andrews is just magic, and every song from this soundtrack has stood the test of time, from the writing to the performances. One for the ages ; )
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
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I was living in Germany age 8 when this movie came out. The whole family loved it. We visited Austria and saw the Von Trapp family home. Still love the movie and music today.
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