The Sound of Music - The Trapp Family
At the end of the 1920s nun-to-be
Maria Kutschera moved into the house of Captain von Trapp
to work as governess to his 6 children. After a year, they
got married and added another 2 children to their family circle.
Von Trapp was a highly decorated
World War I veteran and a widower with 7 children, living
in Salzburg. Because of an unfortunate financial crisis, Maria
started to arrange concerts with the children singing, making
a family hobby to an profession.
The book sold well. Maria accepted an offer of a German film company. "Die Familie Trapp" and its sequel were highly successful. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein turned the story into a highly successful broadway musical: The Sound of Music. Rodgers and Hammerstein adapted the musical for cinema. In 1965 20th Centry Fox released the film 'The Sound of Music' with Julie Andrews cast as Maria. The film would win 5 Oscars and become one of the most popular Hollywood movies of all times. Partly, it was shot in scene in the Austrian Alps and in Salzburg: the Mirabell gardens, Residence square or 'Felsenreitschule' are just some locations, which you can all still visit!
While being highly successful
from the States to Japan and exporting an image of Austria
all over the world, the Sound of Music is largely unknown
in Austria and Germany.