Monday, August 10, 2015

THE SOUND OF MUSIC:  The Real von Trapp Family Story

WISDOM  WISDOM  WISDOM  WISDOM  WISDOM  WISDOM  WISDOM  WISDOM

        YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO TELL THE TRUTH, UNLESS, OF COURSE, YOU ARE A VERY GOOD LIAR - Jerome

NEVER LET THE TRUTH GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD STORY - Pierce Family


The Sound of Music is beyond doubt the favorite movie of my extended family.  It was also the first movie to which I took my children.  Along with a healthy dose of discipline from Dad, this movie inspired all my children to study music.  The two boys studied piano for years.  Mark, the oldest, studied piano in high school.  My daughter right on through college.  They have all played at least one other instrument.  My youngest son, Todd, could get music out of a cucumber.  They are all special singers.  My daughter, Kimberly, also took voice lessons.  I can get music out of the radio.


THE MOVIE DIDN'T LET THE TRUTH GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD STORY.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC


MARIE  von TRAPP

Marie Augusta Kutschera was born on a train in 1905 travelling from her families home in a village in Tyrol, to a hospital in Vienna.  She was orphaned by age seven.  In 1923, however, She graduated from a Teacher's College at age 18.  

She became a teacher at the Nonnbert Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery in Saltzburg.  In 1926 she was asked to teach one of he seven children of widowed Georg von Trapp

WHAT WILL THIS DAY BE LIKE, I WONDER.  WHAT WILL MY FUTURE BE, I WONDER


TRAPP FAMILY SINGERS IN EUROPE
Seeing how Marie loved all seven of his children, Georg von Trapp, 25 years her senior, asked her to marry him.  She did not love him.  She dearly loved the children.  They were married in 1927, and she eventually grew to love him also.

YOU ARE 16 GOING ON 17 WHILE I AM 17 GOING ON 18, I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU


TRAPP FAMILY IN AMERICA
In the 1929 World Depression, the von Trapp family faced financial ruin.  They moved into the top floor of their home, rented out rooms to University students, and toured as family singers.  

When the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, the von Trapps knew they were in trouble.  Georg refused to fly the Nazi flag on their home.  (Which Himmler eventually took as his own).  He refused a naval command.  He refused to sing at Hitler's birthday party.  


Feeling they could not compromise their principles, they left their friends, family, estate and all their possessions and headed for America.

LETS START AT THE VERY BEGINNING, A VERY GOOD PLACE TO START


VON TRAPPS EXCAPING OVER MOUNTAIN
The family did not secretly escape to Switzerland.   They said they were going to America to sing and caught a train to Italy.   The family did have a contract with an American booking agent when they left Austria.

HIGH IN THE HILLS WAS A LONELY GOAT HERD


In the 1940's the von Trapp family settled on a farm in Stowe, Vermont.  They had three additional children.  They all became American citizens with the sons serving in the military in World War II. 


EDELWEISS, EDELWEISS, EVERY MORNING YOU GREET ME 



VON TRAPP FAMILY AT LODGE
Georg, far from the detached, cold-blooded patriarch of the family was actually a gentle, warmhearted parent.  He died in 1947.  Marie, however, was far from the sweet, gentle person in the movie.  She was a force to be dealt with, with angry outbursts, yelling, throwing things and slamming doors.  Marie died of heart failure in 1987.


THE MOVIE WAS A FLIBBERTHEGIBBET

THANK GOD FOR BEING BORN AN AMERICAN

(MY WIFE, JULIE, HAS VISITED THE SITE OF THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  WE PLAN TO RETURN FOR OUR 3RD TRIP TO AUSTRIA WITH OUR DAUGHTER, KIMBERLY)


2 comments:

Cheryl said...

Very interesting facts about the Von Trapps I had never heard before.

Anonymous said...

I read the biography of the 'real' Maria Von Trapp awhile ago. Loved it! ~ Amy