Maria

Leonard Bernstein, Tatiana Troyanos

About Maria

"Maria" is a song from the Broadway musical West Side Story, sung by the lead character Tony. The music was written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The song was published in 1956. "Maria" is sung by the male lead Tony when he learns the name of the girl he's fallen in love with is "Maria". The name "Maria" is spoken or sung in the song 29 times. Originally written in B major by Bernstein - but later lowered a half step to Bb major for the Original Broadway production - which then modulates to D major respectively. In the 1961 film however, the song was in the key of A major modulating to D-flat major. The song is widely known for its use of the melodic interval of a tritone in the main theme. The song is an example of the use of Lydian mode, which is the same as the major scale but with a raised 4th, giving the tritone characteristic of this piece. 


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2007
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Maria

The most beautiful sound I ever heard: 
Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria 
All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word 
Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria 
Maria! 

I've just met a girl named Maria, 
And suddenly that name 
Will never be the same 
To me. 
Maria! 

I've just kissed a girl named Maria, 
And suddenly I've found 
How wonderful a sound 
Can be! 
Maria! 

Say it loud and there's music playing, 
Say it soft and it's almost like praying. 
Maria, 
I'll never stop saying Maria! 
The most beautiful sound I ever heard. 
Maria

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein ( /ˈbɜrnstaɪn/ US dict: bûrn′·stīn; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to The New York Times, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history." He is quite possibly the conductor whose name is best known to the public in general, especially the American public. more »

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Written by: Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim

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