Without This Man……..

May 30, 2011

Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp. April 4 1880 - May 30 1947

 ……would there be The Sound of Music?  

Could Georg von Trapp have been a Father of Muses? 

 I’ve been watching the 40th anniversary DVD of the redigitalised The Sound of Music, which includes a second disc of documentaries and interviews with the cast.  The real story of the von Trapp Family Singers surprised me with its subtleties; moreso the quiet steadying influence of Georg.  Not to mention his significant contribution to the existence of this family….which seems to have been eclipsed by the driving force and manic energy of Maria.  Without Georg’s tadpoles, a whole musical franchise would never have existed…

The von Trapps were not spiritual leaders or teachers in the calibre of  Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, or even Meister Eckhart, yet I bet more people have heard of The Sound of Music, can hum the words of the songs, and know something more about the simple bravery and inventiveness of the human spirit from the story of the von Trapps.  Fact, fiction or fantastical, the von Trapp story is legendary.

Image Credit: photofairy

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

All About the Boy

Before Maria!: Korvettenkapitän Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp ~ The Esoteric Curiosa

The Real Story of the von Trapp Family ~ National Archives

The Sound of Music ~ musical comes home to Salzberg Austria, October 2011



  1. I think it’s about time that they remade The Sound of Music. It’s a wonderful musical and a new film version is overdue.

  2. It is rather extraordinary with all the other remakes, that The Sound of Music hasn’t been. I recently saw Tin Man: the modern version of The Wizard of Oz, and it was quite clever – no songs though.

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