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The Trapp Family in January 1946. Photograph by Conrad Poirier.
The Trapp Family rehearsing before a concert, near Boston, 27 September 1941.
Cor Unum (later the "Trapp Family Lodge"), home of the Trapp Family Singers in the U.S., in 1954

The Trapp Family (also known as the von Trapp Family) were a singing group formed from the family of former Austrian naval commander Georg von Trapp.

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The Trapp Family in January 1946. Photograph by Conrad Poirier.

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Georg von Trapp

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On duty aboard SM U-5
Lieutenant Georg Ritter von Trapp and Agathe Whitehead about 1910
The two eldest Trapp sons, Rupert (right) and Werner, in U.S. Army uniforms, reading sheet music on 24 January 1946

Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp (4 April 1880 – 30 May 1947) was an officer in the Austro-Hungarian Navy who later became the patriarch of the Trapp Family Singers.

Von Trapp in 1948

Maria von Trapp

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Von Trapp in 1948
Georg von Trapp on the bridge of submarine U-5 of the Austro-Hungarian Navy (1915)
Trapp Family Singers preparing for a concert in Boston in 1941. Maria is the third from left, with a dark suit.
Maria von Trapp's certificate of arrival into Niagara Falls, New York, on 30 December 1942
The family cemetery in 2022. Maria's grave is on the left

Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp DHS (26 January 1905 – 28 March 1987) was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers.

Original Broadway poster (1959)

The Sound of Music

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Musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

Musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

Original Broadway poster (1959)
Mary Martin and children in a publicity photo, 1959
The Sound of Music showing at the London Palladium in 2009

After viewing The Trapp Family, a 1956 West German film about the von Trapp family, and its 1958 sequel (Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika), stage director Vincent J. Donehue thought that the project would be perfect for his friend Mary Martin; Broadway producers Leland Hayward and Richard Halliday (Martin's husband) agreed.

Cover art for the first and some subsequent editions

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

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1949 memoir written by Maria Augusta von Trapp, whose life was later fictionalized in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical The Sound of Music in 1959.

1949 memoir written by Maria Augusta von Trapp, whose life was later fictionalized in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical The Sound of Music in 1959.

Cover art for the first and some subsequent editions

The book describes the life of the von Trapp family, from their beginnings in Salzburg, Austria, to their adventures in America where they escaped from Nazi-invaded Europe.

Petition for Naturalization, 1948

Maria Franziska von Trapp

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The second-oldest daughter of Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp.

The second-oldest daughter of Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp.

Petition for Naturalization, 1948
The Trapp family rehearsing before a concert, near Boston, 27 September 1941.

She was a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives inspired the musical and film The Sound of Music.

German theatrical release poster

The Trapp Family

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German theatrical release poster

The Trapp Family (Die Trapp-Familie) is a 1956 West German comedy drama film about the real-life Austrian musical family of that name directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner and starring Ruth Leuwerik, Hans Holt, and Maria Holst.

Theatrical release poster by Howard Terpning

The Sound of Music (film)

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1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, with Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, and Eleanor Parker.

1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, with Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, and Eleanor Parker.

Theatrical release poster by Howard Terpning
Robert Wise, 1990
Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on location in Salzburg, 1964
Schloss Leopoldskron, where scenes representing the lakefront terrace and gardens of the von Trapp villa were filmed
The Sound of Music gazebo at Hellbrunn Palace in Salzburg was moved here from its original location at Schloss Leopoldskron.

The Sound of Music film adaptation, like the stage musical, presents a history of the von Trapp family (a.k.a. the Trapp Family) that is not completely accurate.

Whitehead and von Trapp in 1909

Agathe Whitehead

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British-Austrian heiress and aristocrat.

British-Austrian heiress and aristocrat.

Whitehead and von Trapp in 1909
Whitehead and von Trapp in 1909

She was the first wife of Georg Ritter von Trapp and the mother of seven children of the Trapp Family singers.

Agathe in 1948

Agathe von Trapp

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The eldest daughter of Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp.

The eldest daughter of Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp.

Agathe in 1948
Agathe in 1948
The Trapp family rehearsing before a concert, near Boston, 27 September 1941.

She was also a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration for the 1959 musical play and 1965 film The Sound of Music.

Trapp Family awarded in Braunau (2007)

Trapp Family Austrian Relief

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Trapp Family awarded in Braunau (2007)

Trapp Family Austrian Relief, Inc. is an initiative founded by Georg von Trapp and Maria von Trapp of the famous Austrian singing family, the Trapp Family.