The Sound of Music
By Chanelle Vanderhoorn
The Sound of Music is a musical which premiered in the United States in 1965. It features the music of the incredible team Richard Rogers (who wrote the music and lyrics) and Oscar Hammerstein, who also wrote lyrics. Irwin Kostal is credited with the score. It is based on a book, The Story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, by Maria Von Trapp. It was also a Broadway musical. It stars are Julie Andrews as Maria, and Christopher Plummer as Captain Georg Von Trapp. The film was directed and produced by Robert Wise. The movie was filmed on location in Salzburg, Austria and Bavaria, in southern Germany as well as the lot of Twentieth Century Fox in Hollywood. It was selected by the US Congress for preservation as an historical film, and won five Academy Awards including best picture. In all, there are twenty-six musical numbers (a couple of the numbers were performed twice).
Set in the days immediately preceding World War II, the film tells the story of the Von Trapp family of Austria. Captain Von Trapp (Plummer) is a patriot in the Austrian Navy in need of a governess for his seven children. Maria (Andrews) is a novitiate sent to care for the children by the Reverend Mother of the local convent of which Maria is a part. The Captain is a stern and distant man who has sought to impose the strictest military discipline on his children. When Maria becomes a part of their lives, she teaches them to sing and have fun, two things long gone from their lives when their mother passed away. Soon the captain's eyes are opened to the fact that he has been distant from the children emotionally. He reengages with them and he and Maria begin to fall in love, although he is engaged to Baroness Elsa Schraeder. Maria flees back to the convent in consternation. After a talk with the Reverend Mother she realizes she is truly in love and goes back to the Captain and the children. They are soon married. However there is a dark cloud on the...