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Sound of Music - Friedrich's Voice a Soprano? I Think Not
After the party scene, the children are singing "So long, Farewell" and each child comes up to sing a line as a solo. When the line comes up when the boy (I think it's Friedrich) sings "I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye, GoodBYE" At the "BYE" part, he goes up to an octave, with a vibrato and it sounds too good. So, I listened carefully, and sure enough, there is a quick break in his voice before he hits that note, alluding to the fact that someone else hit that note for him and they edited it in. I don't know if anyone else heard that, but listen anyway. It's there.
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Cedes on 06-18-2001
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SaeaS writes:
Kurt DOES sing 'I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye, goodbye!', not Friedrich. but he doesn't sing it, and neither does Liesl. it was Charmian Carr's (Liesl) sister. The film company hired a few extra children to sing along with the seven others, to give them a fuller effect. Duane Chase (Kurt) couldn't hit the high note, so Charmian's sister sung it for him. She also sung the 'aaaaah ah ah aaaah' bits in the 'sound of music' when the children are performing it for the baroness.
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LLij-aise writes:
First of all Kurt is the boy you are talking about. Second of all, the actor may have not been a soprano, but the real Kurt Von Trapp was. They must have had trouble finding a real singer that they liked to play the part of Kurt. Other than that scene though, I think most of the children did their own singing.
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ef writes:
It is in fact edited in. I was thumbing through a book written by the actress who plays Liesl, and she said that it was her real-life sister that hit that note, and it was spliced in.
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dubylyu writes:
When I was in high school, we did The Sound of Music. The Kurt boy could not hit the note, so Liesel did it for him. We played it out as a joke; as if the Von Trapp children were joking with the people at the party that Kurt could hit that note.
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Steprika writes:
If you pay attention, in the middle of the note the camera cuts back to the father and he give s a little hand gesture. It was supposed to sound like Kurt couldn't sing it and was making a joke and thats why his father made the gesture as if say "Come on. Yeah Right. Go to bed now." It was a joke that was meant to be there.
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TeZ writes:
In the movie Kurt is the one that sings the high note!! but in the movie the actor can't sing that high, so he mouths it while MARIA sings it. it is supposed to be a joke, thats why all the people there LAUGH when MARIA sings the note. BTW- i am 12 and i have watched this movie since i was about two, just telling you that
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LLij-aise writes:
Friedrich (I can't spell his name correctly) is the older boy who sings the adieu adieu...part, NOT the younger boy Kurt. Kurt is the one who sings the soprano part in the farewell song. I know this for a fact. I've seen this movie thousands of times, it's been a favorite of mine since I was 4 years old.
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