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By Maria Augusta Trapp

With approximately 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, greater than 3 million albums offered, and 5 Academy Awards, The Sound of track, based at the lives of Maria, the baron, and their making a song kids, is as general to such a lot people as our family background. yet a lot concerning the real-life lady and her kin used to be left untold.

Here, Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells in her personal attractive, easy phrases the extreme tale of her romance with the baron, their break out from Nazi-occupied Austria, and their lifestyles in America.

Now with photos from the unique edition.

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