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John the Baptist and Julie Andrews

Canisius | 26 June, 2007 06:36

I can't pass by this fun little fact: the "Do Re Mi" song we all recognize from "The Sound of Music" was actually kicked off by a hymn for the feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist. Because the tune moved up incrementally, each hemistich being one tone higher than the last, folks took the first syllable of each hemistich as names for those tones.

The original version was actually Ut, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La. Obviously, it was filled out over time, but still--whenever you hear "Do Re Mi" or watch "The Sound of Music", think of John the Baptist!


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