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The story of a remarkable singing family and of its devotion to an ideal. This is the adventurous story of one of the most distinguished musical families of the age, the Trapp Family Singers. It is told by one who knows it best, the head of the family, Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp herself – now Mrs. Trapp, for she and her family have become American citizens. The story begins in Austria after the First World War, in which the baron distinguished himself as a submarine commander. A widower, he had five daughters, two sons, and no one to look after them; and from a neighboring convent he obtained as governess, a young student – Maria. The Baron was expected to marry a certain Princess Yvonne, but so impressed was he with Maria that he proposed to her instead, and they were married. In the dark days of the failure of the Austrian banks which inaugeated the world wide depression, the Baron lost most of his fortune. At that time they met Father Wasner, who has been their musical director ever since, and they started doing professionally, and with amazing success, what they had done previously for their own amusement. The book has much in it of the complexities of life of a large family, the arduous discipline of musical training, the amusing incidents of travel en masse. But The Story of the Trapp Family Singers is more than a dramatic personal story. It is specifically an American one, since it tells of a transportation from the Old World to the New.
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In her own, beautiful, simple words, the Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells the dramatic story that inspired the classic American musical The Sound Of Music.About the Author:
Maria Augusta Kutschera Trapp Born: 26 January 1905 – Died: 28 March 1987 She was born aboard a train heading to a Vienna hospital coming from her parents' village in Tyrol, Austria. She was an orphan by her age seven. Graduated, State Teachers College, Vienna. Progressive Ed, degree 1923. She entered Nonnberg Abbey, Satzburg, Austria. She was a postulant intending to become a nun. Maria Trapp was dominating and bold. Her step children referred to her as a “force of nature.” She had been exposed to worldly ideas including socialism and atheism. She once wrote of Mary Martin’s and Julie Andrews’ performances that they “were too gentle-like, girls out of Bryn Mawr.” Died: Maria Trapp died of heart failure on 28 March 1987 in Morrisville Vermont, USA.
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Book Description Geoffrey Bles, 1965. Condition: Good. 1965. 281 pages. Blue and pink pictorial dust jacket over blue cloth. Small pen inscription at front endpaper. Mild tanning and handling marks to pages, with foxing to the text block edge. Firm binding. Bumping to spine ends and corners with noticeable rubbing and scuffing along edges and over surfaces. Clipped jacket. Loss to jacket with chipping and tears to spine ends and along edges with noticeable rubbing and wear over surfaces. Seller Inventory # 1499420822BMX
Book Description Imprint unknown. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0713800615 published 1954, Geoffrey Bles; this copy is a 6th impression, 1956; hardback in jacket, 287 pages | book is clean and bright, free of name, notes etc; spine is functional but cocked (slanted) with front board closing approx 5mm to right of back board | dust jacket is in above average condition for this title - clean and bright, not price clipped, with light edge wear; small loss (less than one sq cm) at back lower edge (please see image) | professional booksellers based in the UK | we package with great care and usually dispatch within 24hrs, always within two working days | please request scans or further information on any of our listings, which are all in stock and ready to be dispatched. Seller Inventory # SKU1005232