Music: Family Choir

Twenty years ago a patch-mustached Austrian nobleman, Captain Georg von Trapp, commander of an Austrian submarine, came home from the War to his family castle near Salzburg. There he and his buxom wife, Frau Maria Augusta, settled down to the serious business of raising their family. The family flourished. By 1921 it included seven small von Trapps; and there were more to come.

Because the aristocratic von Trapps had a good deal of time on their hands, and because Father & Mother von Trapp were both good amateur musicians, the family developed the...

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