Maria Augusta von Trapp


Born
in Vienna, Austria
January 26, 1905

Died
March 28, 1987

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Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. Her story served as the inspiration for a 1956 German film that in turn inspired the Broadway musical The Sound of Music.—Source

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The Story of the Trapp Fami...

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Maria

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Yesterday, Today & Forever

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A Family on Wheels: Further...

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Around the Year with the Tr...

4.49 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1955 — 3 editions
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Let Me Tell You about My Sa...

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Trapp Family Book of Christ...

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Música no Coração - O Verda...

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My Favorite Songs: Maria Vo...

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“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
Maria von Trapp

“Music- what a powerful instrument, what a mighty weapon!”
Maria Augusta Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

“Christianity nowadays is like a big household where many cousins live under the same roof. They all belong to the same clan, but at times they have very different ideas about how to run their family affairs.
Some of them, for instance, have no use for any outside devotion. God is a spirit, and He wants to be worshipped in spirit only, they say. Consequently, they have dispensed with all liturgy. They don’t want any distracting ceremonies, no incense, no vestments, no music, no pictures and images, not even sacraments—only the service of the spirit.
The trouble is, however, that as long as we live here on earth, we simply are not pure spirits, but we have also a body, and in that body, a very human heart; and this heart needs outward signs of its inward affections. That is why we embrace and kiss the one we love; and the more we love, the more ardently we press him to this very heart—somehow it seems as if these cousins had overlooked that fact. But you can’t cheat the heart; it knows what it wants, and it knows how to get it.”
Maria Augusta Trapp