The Sound of Music – The real von Trapp story

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The Sound of Music - An Austrian Story?

Why is the film seen as the epitome of Austria abroad, yet barely known in Austria?

Internationally, "The Sound of Music" is often seen as the quintessential representation of Austria, thanks to its picturesque depictions of Austrian landscapes and culture. However, in Austria itself, the film is not as well-known. This discrepancy arises because the story of the von Trapp family is more famous abroad than in its home country, where the film "Meine Lieder – Meine Träume" (the German title) did not achieve the same iconic status.

How successful was the film worldwide?

Released in 1965, "The Sound of Music" was a global sensation, winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It became the highest-grossing film of its decade and remains one of the most successful musicals of all time.

How was the film received in Austria?

In Austria, the reception was more muted. Austrians were less enthusiastic about the portrayal of their country and the historical accuracy of the film. Despite this, the movie has garnered a dedicated fanbase, especially among tourists visiting the iconic filming locations.

The Real Story of the von Trapp Family

The true story of the von Trapp family begins in the 1920s in Salzburg. Georg von Trapp, a widowed naval officer, married Maria Augusta Kutschera, a former nun. Together with his seven children, they formed the Trapp Family Singers and fled Austria in 1938 to escape the Nazis. They settled in the United States, where they became famous for their concerts and recordings.


Early German Adaptations

The von Trapp family story was first adapted into a German film in 1956 titled "Die Trapp-Familie." This film was highly successful and led to a sequel, "Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika."

Broadway Musical

In 1959, the story was adapted into a Broadway musical, "The Sound of Music," with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical was a tremendous success, paving the way for the famous 1965 film adaptation.

Recent Adaptations

Various adaptations have followed, including television productions and new film versions, keeping the von Trapp family's story alive and captivating new generations.

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The Sound of Music (1965)


"The Sound of Music" tells the story of Maria, a young novice who becomes the governess for the seven children of the widowed Captain Georg von Trapp. Through her love of music, she brings joy and unity to the family. Set against the backdrop of the looming Second World War, the film chronicles the family's escape from the Nazis.

Cast & Crew

Directed by Robert Wise, the film features an outstanding cast including Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Georg von Trapp. The roles of the von Trapp children were played by a talented group of young actors, who became internationally famous through the film.


Music is a central element of the film, featuring some of the most beloved songs in musical history, including "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things," and the titular "The Sound of Music."

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Filming Locations

  • Mirabell Gardens
  • Leopoldskron Palace
  • Nonnberg Abbey
  • Hellbrunn Palace
  • Felsenreitschule
  • St. Gilgen and Wolfgangsee
  • Mondsee Cathedral

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Frequently Asked Questions on "The Sound of Music"

How old was Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music”?

Julie Andrews was 29 years old when she starred in "The Sound of Music."

Is “The Sound of Music” based on a true story?

Yes, the film is based on the true story of the von Trapp family, although some artistic liberties were taken.

Where does “The Sound of Music” take place?

The film is set in Salzburg, Austria, and the surrounding areas.

Where was “The Sound of Music” filmed?

Most of the film was shot on location in Salzburg and other parts of Austria, with some scenes filmed in the United States.

This blog post provides a comprehensive look into the story, adaptations, and filming locations of "The Sound of Music." Explore the real von Trapp family history and discover the magic behind this timeless classic.

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