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My Favorite Things (1959)

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Origin and Chart Information
AKAMy Favourite Things
Rank 333
Music Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II

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1930 8 “What Is This Thing Called Love?”
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Very important song in my studio. Melody starts in mid-range, leaps up, back, down, and back. Excellent for re-training a voice that tends to make changes in jaw/tongue tension for pitch variation, for accommodating leaps and for crossing-the-break work. Note the odd form. Rodgers uses the same melody three times in a row, first two in e and third in A, then the bridge is really the coda. Fun improv tune because of that minor/major. Also, try putting two bars of 3/4 together as 6/4, then drop every sixth beat: great 5/4 jazz tune!

Marty Heresniak, Voice Teacher, Actor, Writer, Singer

Quoted from: Heresniak, Marty and Christopher Woitach, “Changing the Standards -- Alternative Teaching Materials.” Journal of Singing, vol. 58, no. 1, Sep./Oct. 2001.


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Reading and Research
Additional information for "My Favorite Things" may be found in:

Alec Wilder
American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950
Oxford University Press; Reprint edition
Hardcover: 576 pages


(2 paragraphs including the following types of information: music analysis.)

Thomas S. Hischak
The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia
Greenwood Press
Hardcover: 568 pages


(1 paragraph including the following types of information: summary and performers.)

Robert Gottlieb, Robert Kimball
Reading Lyrics
Pantheon
Hardcover: 736 pages


(Includes the following types of information: song lyrics.)

Gary Giddins
Visions of Jazz: The First Century
Oxford University Press; New Ed edition
Paperback: 704 pages


(1 paragraph including the following types of information: anecdotal and performers.)

Lewis Porter
John Coltrane: His Life and Music (The Michigan American Music Series)
University of Michigan Press
Paperback


(Three pages on Coltrane’s recording.)
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Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers

Year Rank Title
1945 114 “It Might As Well Be Spring”
1959 333 “My Favorite Things”
1943 399 “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”
1945 788 “If I Loved You”
1943 806 “People Will Say We're in Love”
1951 928 “Hello Young Lovers”

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