This song is used by Julie Andrews' character, Maria, in the film and stage production of The Sound Of Music, to teach the notes of the major musical scale to the Von Trapp children. Nowadays this is frequently one of the first songs that children will learn to play on simple musical instruments.
An 11th century monk Guido D'Arezzo wrote the words to the mnemonic, although the original, taken from a medieval Latin poem, begins "ut (rather than do), re, mi, fa, so, la." D'Arezzo's tune was different from the Sound Of Music version, but used the same system of ascending notes. He based his tune on an anthem for Saint John.
The musical scale Do-Re-Mi sings the notes of the C major scale, but this song is actually in another key, which is B flat.
Miguel - Guayaquil - South America
Here's the Saint John's Anthem where Guido D'Arezzo created the musical notes:
Madonna references this song in her 1992 track "Deeper and Deeper
" with the lyrics "When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything."
This was used in the Full House episode "Terror In Tanner Town" (1990) when Danny attempts to gather the family to meet his new girlfriend and her son. Jesse says, "What is this, a Julie Andrews movie?," leading the group to mock Danny's efforts with a singalong of the tune.
In a 1993 episode of the Canadian sketch comedy show Kids In The Hall
, the cast sang this
to cheer up a boy who lost his dog.