G | | Biography, Drama, Family
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
The song "Edelweiss" was written for the musical and is little known in Austria. The song was the last that Oscar Hammerstein II wrote before his passing in 1960.
The hills are alive with the sound of music / With songs they have sung for a thousand years. / The hills fill my heart with the sound of music. / My heart wants to sing every song it hears.
When Maria requests the family to "thank the Lord" when they are having their first meal together, she recites the Protestant grace and the Von Trapps pray in a Protestant manner with their hands folded and head bowed. Being a Catholic family, they would have started and finished with a sign of the cross, and the Catholic grace, "Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts" etc.
Salzburg, Austria, in the last Golden Days of the Thirties
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