What are your favourite songs



From the first remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in 1964 (the 1956 original starred Julie Andrews). The wicked stepsisters are dismayed at the prince’s interest in Cinderella at the ball, and try to account for His Highness’ appalling lack of taste.


Another day older and deeper in debt…









The first movement of Beethoven’s fifth symphony, played by the Vienna Philharmonic under Carlos Kleiber.



Here is Oom Pah Pah, from the film of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver!, based on Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. Nancy’s conscience torments her for her role in having delivered the orphan Oliver Twist into the hands of the wicked Fagin and the homicidal Bill Sikes. She and Bet create a diversion by whipping up the tavern crowd into a lively rendition of this song, so that Nancy can spirit the boy off and restore him to his grandfather. Shani Wallis is Nancy, Sheila White is Bet, Ron Moody is Fagin, Oliver Reed is Bill Sikes, and Mark Lester is Oliver.



Here is One Hand, One Heart, from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein’s musical version of Romeo and Juliet. Larry Kert is Tony and Carol Lawrence is Maria, from the original 1957 Broadway cast.


This song was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein specifically for the film version of The Sound Of Music, and does not appear in the original stage musical.


Earworm du jour:


Here is the finale from Mozart’s last symphony. It is subtitled the Jupiter, after the ruler of the gods in Roman mythology. Presumably the subtitle was inspired by the magnificent fugue that crowns the work. The passage in question begins at 5:24. The Vienna Philharmonic are the performers.



For @Rob2. God bless you, my friend.

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