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Which songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein do you think will still be played and loved a hundred years from now?

Asked by Jeruba (47530points) October 14th, 2009

The last of the musicals by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, The Sound of Music, made its debut nearly half a century ago, on November 16, 1959. Their string of hits began in 1943 with “Oklahoma!” Songs from all their Broadway shows and films have entered the repertoire of best-known and loved American music. I doubt there’s anyone in the U.S. who hasn’t heard at least some of their songs, whether they know it or not.

Of all their many familiar tunes, romantic ballads, lively comedic pieces, melancholy and contemplative, light-hearted and fun, solos and duets and choruses, which ones do you nominate for classic status? Which do you think have the staying power to remain in performance repertoires in another century, continue selling in whatever medium we play our music in then, be learned by kids in school chorus and band, and be hummed and sung by ordinary people as they go about their lives?

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Les's avatar

“Favorite Things“from SOM, also “Do Re Mi”, oh and “Edelweiss”. How about every song from SOM?

A personal favorite of mine is: “Happy talk, keep talking, happy talk…Talk about things you like to do. You’ve got to have a dream! If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” Ahh, South Pacific.

derekfnord's avatar

As songs, I think Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things, and Shall We Dance? are great, timeless songs. But I think as a complete show, Oklahoma! will probably continue to see a long life on the stage. It’s a very popular choice for high school musicals, because there aren’t the issues in staging involving a lot of younger children…

aprilsimnel's avatar

From The Sound of Music: “The Sound of Music,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell”

They’re so catchy!

augustlan's avatar

I have to agree that it’ll mainly be the songs from The Sound of Music. The only other one that might hold on is You’ll Never Walk Alone, just because of the tradition of Jerry Lewis singing it on his telethons.

evegrimm's avatar

Getting to Know You, of course! And So Long, Farewell.

Of course, I like those because they’re fun. And my grandma and mom both like Rodgers and Hammerstein. (I could see them as kids’ songs in the future, that’s why I think they’ll stick around. And if Solfege is still in use in music ed, then Do, Re, Mi for sure.)

Zen's avatar

Most, but especially the ones you mentioned in the question. Now come to the chatroom

filmfann's avatar

South Pacific had “Some Enchanted Evening”, which is probably my favorite of theirs.
I was raised on their music; my mother’s attempt at overriding my love of the Beatles. Oklahoma is terrific as well, and some of the complexity of the songs still amaze me.

AstroChuck's avatar

If I Loved You is one of my favorites but Some Enchanted Evening and The Sound of Music are probably their most played.

loser's avatar

All of them!!!

OpryLeigh's avatar

I love anything from The King and I but especially Getting To Know You and Shall We Dance.

The Sound of Music is likely to be well known for many many years to come I would imagine. Climb Every Mountain is my own personal favourite.

zephyr826's avatar

I would have to go with “This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific. That song brings me to tears.

gussnarp's avatar

Yeah, all of those. Maybe all of them? Have you ever seen the show “Grand Night for Singing”? It’s a collection of R&H songs strung together, mainly without any real story. It’s fun because you get to hear songs you’ve never heard from shows that flopped or just aren’t as popular any more. Plus they do some little twists, like “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” is sung by a man about a girl he’s interested in.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

You do realise it’s Rodgers and Hammerstein we’re talking about here right? They’ll live as long as Gershwin!

Austinlad's avatar

So much truth in all theirbsongs. I never tire of Some Enchanted Evening

janbb's avatar

I have to vote for Some Enchanted Evening too. All of their songs are great; their love songs especially so, but I find that Some Enchanted Evening just takes my breath away. If I Loved You is another great one.

filmfann's avatar

@Saturated_Brain Gershwin didn’t live all that long, but his songs did! Maybe that’s what you meant.

Strauss's avatar

One that’s often overlooked, especially for its social comment, is “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” from South Pacific.

gussnarp's avatar

@Yetanotheruser Yeah, I forgot that one. It’s really a brilliant social commentary laced in with a beautiful song. It does really speak to a higher level of creativity.

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