The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

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Harper Collins, Mar 22, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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With nearly 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, more than three million albums sold, and five Academy Awards, The Sound of Music, based on the lives of Maria, the baron, and their singing children, is as familiar to most of us as our own family history. But much about the real-life woman and her family was left untold.

Here, Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells in her own beautiful, simple words the extraordinary story of her romance with the baron, their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, and their life in America.

Now with photographs from the original edition.

 

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We had just returned from a trip to Salzburg Austria and had the opportunity to take the Sound of Music tour around the countryside. After seeing the actual locations where the movie was filmed and ... Read full review

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We really enjoyed this book. Maria and her family went through so much. The Sound of Music is a favorite in our house, so reading the true story behind the characters is a treat. Read full review

Contents

The Chapter Before th4 First
7
Just Loaned
11
Glories of the Past
23
The Baron Doesnt Want It
28
An Austrian Christmas
36
Gods Will Hath No Why
48
Feasts in a Family
62
A Festival Summer and a Baby
76
What Next?
158
In Sight of the Statue of Liberty
164
Learning New Ways
171
The Miracle
178
Merion
185
The Fly
196
Stowe in Vermont
203
A New Chapter
214

Uncle Peter and His Handbook
83
An Operation a Turtle and a Long Distance Call
92
Arent We Luckyt
98
Never Again
103
From Hobby to Profession
107
And the Lord Said to Abram
113
Part
127
On the American Farmer
131
The First Ten Years Are the Hardest
132
Getting Settled
141
Barbara
152
The End of a Perfect Stay
222
The New House
228
Concerts in Wartime
246
Trapp Family Music Camp
253
Snapshots of the Camp
271
Trapp Family Austrian Relief Inc
278
A Letter
288
The Memorable Year
303
Cor Unum
307
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About the author (2011)

Maria Augusta Kutschera was born on a train en route to Vienna just before midnight on January 26, 1905. Her mother died when she was only two years old and her father left her with an elderly cousin so that he could be free to travel. She experienced a lonely and very strict upbringing without any siblings or other children in the household. She was raised a socialist and an atheist and was actively cynical towards all religions. It was during a visit to a church to hear a Bach concert that her mind was changed when she heard the words of a well-known priest, Father Kronseder. Her meeting with him led to her entering a convent to become a nun. While she was devoted to the convent life, she was taken away from the outdoor activities she once thrived on. Her doctor, concerned that her health was failing, helped the nuns to decide to send Maria to the home of retied naval captain Georg Von Trapp, to be governess to his bedridden daughter. On November 26, 1927, Maria and Georg were married. The rest is history.

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