Oz in the News 9.21.13

What’s the Most Important Song in ‘The Wizard of Oz’? (Hint: It’s Not the One You Think)  Though you might not recognize the tune by name, you certainly know it by ear: It’s a stark, seven-note motif that goes “da-na da-na da-na naaaaa” and plays every time Almira Gulch and/or her Dorothy-dream alter ego, the Wicked Witch of the West, pops up on screen. While it’s certainly not the easiest piece of music to reference — the clunky name doesn’t help, nor does its lack of lyrics — it is still one of the most recognizable in film history, as well as the most important song in “Oz.” Yes, the most important. (Cue Judy Garland fans running after me with pitchforks.)

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