Many of us grew up singing along to “The Sound of Music,” one of the most beloved musicals of all time.
But what some people don’t realize is the original Broadway production and 1965 film adaptation were inspired by the real-life von Trapps. Better still, their family legacy is alive and well thanks to their talented great-grandchildren!
Maria Augusta von Trapp originally told their tale in her memoir, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.” The book describes their daring escape from Austria after her husband, Captain Georg von Trapp, turned down a commission from Germany’s navy during World War II.
When they arrived in the U.S., they became known as the “Trapp Family Singers” and brought music to countless people until the late 1950s.
That would have been the end of their melodic legacy if not for their great-grandchildren. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp revived the tradition by performing around the world for more than a decade. One of their highlights came in 2013 when they spread holiday cheer to office workers with a gorgeous rendition of “Edelweiss,” a song from the musical.
Mike Meyer, who uploaded a video of their cover to YouTube, said the spectacular moment wasn’t even planned.
“These ‘kids’ showed up at the office where I work in Columbus, Ohio, sang for our staff out of the goodness of their hearts,” he wrote. “This was completely an impromptu performance.”
As we can see in the clip, their voices are heavenly and their harmonies are perfect. Best of all, according to Mike, “They were extremely humble and lovely people.”
What a beautiful way to honor their family! Thank you, Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August, for the wonderful performance.
Listen as the singers make their ancestors proud in the video below, and share their incredible music with your friends.
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