The Sound of Music
The True Story

In the film The Sound of Music the true story of the Von Trapp family is brought to life.

The film was originally based on the book 'The Von Trapp Family Singers' by Maria von Trapp (1949). It was also adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959 Broadway hit directed by Robert Wise.

The Sound of Music film was a run away success.

It was nominated for ten Academy Awards, and won five.

It was distributed around the world and would go on to remain one of the all time favourite musical classics.

In a nutshell...

The Sound of Music dramatizes the true story of Maria von Kutschera, a novice living in the Benedictine Convent on Nonnberg in Salzburg.

Maria's life changes dramatically when she is sent by her Mother Superior to be the governess in the household of Baron Georg Ritter von Trapp - a rather overbearing ex-commander from the former Austro-Hungarian Navy.

So far so good, until Maria realises that it is her duty to look after his seven motherless, madcap, but rather musical children.

Upon meeting the Baron, she is warned that she is "twelfth in a long line of governesses”, the last of whom “lasted two hours”.

With such a warm welcome, Maria goes on to devise unconventional methods of 'discipline' that endear her to the previously incorrigible children. Singing, wearing clothing cut from curtains and the like...

She also manages to wins over the authoritarian Baron, who decides to break up with his girlfriend - the wealthy, gorgeous, illustrious Austrian Baroness Elsa Schraeder - and proposes marriage to Maria instead .

Shortly after their marriage, the annexation of Austria to Germany occurs (1938) and the family flee the Nazi regime by crossing the Austrian mountains to freedom in Switzerland.

Today, the Von Trapp family live in the USA.

In 1941 they purchased a farm in Stowe, Vermont, which became known as the 'Trapp Family Lodge'.

Today it is a hotel.

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