Author(s): Maria Augusta Trapp
The story that inspired the classic musical, The Sound of Music. Baroness Trapp tells the dramatic story of the family, her own marriage to Baron Von Trapp, a widower with seven children, and the family's successful singing career both before and after they fled Austria after the Nazi invasion.
About the author:
Maria Augusta Kutschera was born on a train en route to Vienna on January 26, 1905. She was brought up by an elderly cousin when her mother died aged two. She experienced a lonely and very strict upbringing. It was during a visit to a church 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 retired naval captain Georg Von Trapp, to be governess to his bedridden daughter. On November 26, 1927, Maria and Georg were married. She died in Vermont in 1987.