ONE OF THE MOST-LOVED MUSICALS OF ALL TIME, The Sound of Music is about seven children in need of a mother ─ seven musical children that is ─ whose talents were discovered and honed by Maria (played by Julie Andrews) ─ the governess from the abbey who ended up marrying her boss and becoming the singing mother to those seven singing children. But of course, there was a whole lot of singing from start to finish.
Millions who saw the movie are still endeared to it, especially to those songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein but did you know that the tale of the singing Von Trapp family is based on a true story? Yes it was. It was based on a memoir, written by Maria Augusta von Trapp herself. The book, published in 1949, was later adapted into the Broadway musical we all know as The Sound of Music.
Here is the story about the real Maria
Maria Augusta von Trapp (née Kutschera; 26 January 1905 – 28 March 1987), was also known as Baroness von Trapp. She was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers.
Born in a train while headed to her parents’ village in Tyrol, she was orphaned by her seventh birthday. She graduated from the State Teachers College for Progressive Education in Vienna at age 18, in 1923. In 1924 she entered Nonnberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg, as a postulant, intending to become a nun.
In 1926, while still a schoolteacher at the abbey, Maria was asked to teach one of the seven children of widowed naval commander Georg von Trapp. His wife, Agatha Whitehead, had died in 1922 from scarlet fever. Eventually, Maria began to look after the other children as well (Rupert, Agathe, Maria Franziska, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna, and Martina.)
Georg von Trapp, seeing how much she cared about his children, asked Maria to marry him, although he was 25 years her senior. Frightened, she fled back to Nonnberg Abbey to seek guidance from the Mother Abbess. The Mother Abbess advised Maria that it was God’s will that she should marry the Captain;
since Maria was taught always to follow God’s will, she returned to the family and told the Captain she would marry him. She later wrote in her autobiography that on her wedding day she was blazing mad, both at God and at her husband, because what she really wanted was to be a nun: “I really and truly was not in love. I liked him but didn’t love him. However, I loved the children, so in a way I really married the children. I learned to love him more than I have ever loved before or after.”
Maria and Georg married on 26 November 1927. They had three children together: Rosmarie (born 1928 or 1929), Eleonore (“Lorli”) (born 1931), and Johannes (born 1939), who were the other childrens’ half-sisters and half-brother. Info excepted from Wikipedia. Pictures too. (Except the featured image).