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Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer Performing The Landler

The beautifulĀ Landler dance that Maria and Captain von Trapp perform in The Sound of MusicĀ actually exists, but is done differently in Austria. This Rogers & Hammerstein composed Landler music was actually a variation of The Lonely Goatherd slowed down. Still, this music has become popular worldwide and is a favorite dance for many weddings in the US. The Waltz actually developed in Central Europe, originating from the Austrian Landler. The dance arrived in Vienna during the 1800s then became popular throughout Europe and America. The music of Johann Strauss helped to popularize the faster, elegant Viennese Waltz.

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