So Long, Farewell from The Sound Of Music, arranged by Ed Lojeski for SAB choir with Piano accompaniment.
Inspired by the memoir 'The Story of the Trapp Family Singers' by Maria von Trapp, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound Of Music first opened its doors on Broadway in 1959 and was turned into a popular film in 1965.
The musical tells the story of Maria, who is studying to become a nun at Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg yet is struggling to fit in there due to her youthful enthusiasm, energetic nature and lack of discipline. Believing that she might be happier in the outside world, the Mother Abbess sends her to the villa of a widowed naval officer to be governess to his seven children. After bringing love and music into the lives of the family, Maria marries the officer and together with the children they flee the Nazi regime that has taken over their homeland.
One of the musical's most cherished numbers, So Long, Farewell is the song the von Trapp children sing to bid their guests good night at the party at their villa. It is also sung as a reprise by the family at the Salzburg concert. To the Nazis present they are simply bringing the night's performance to an end, but the external audience is aware that they are, in fact, also saying goodybe to their beloved Austria, as they secretly plot their escape over the border to Switzerland.
Watch Raincross Chorale perform this charming arrangement: