The film is an adaptation of the stage musical of the same name , composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The film's screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman , adapted from the stage musical's book by Lindsay and Crouse. Based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp , the film is about a young Austrian postulant in Salzburg , Austria , in who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. The film was released on March 2, , in the United States, initially as a limited roadshow theatrical release. Although critical response to the film was mixed, the film was a major commercial success, becoming the number one box office movie after four weeks, and the highest-grossing film of By November , The Sound of Music had become the highest-grossing film of all-time—surpassing Gone with the Wind —and held that distinction for five years.
What Rodgers and Hammerstein, then later filmmakers, changed about this classic.
Rodgers was helped in its creation by long-time arranger Trude Rittmann who devised the extended vocal sequence in the song. According to assistant conductor Peter Howard, the heart of the number — in which Maria assigns a musical tone to each child, like so many Swiss bell ringers — was devised in rehearsal by Rittmann who was credited for choral arrangements and choreographer Joe Layton. The fourteen note and tune lyric — 'when you know the notes to sing
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