Tuesday, May 26, 2015


This year is the 50th anniversary celebration of the movie The Sound of Music. Released in 1965 and the winner of 5 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), the film remains a favorite and we can break into song just thinking about the many memorable lyrics of Edelweiss, I Have Confidence and Climb Every Mountain. The Monrovia Public Library owns the DVD of The Sound of Music and several books which will put you in a celebratory mood.

The title of a brand new book says it all: The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time by Tom Santopietro. Here is the story of the family that inspired the musical and movie and it includes lots of tidbits that fans will enjoy.

Preceding the movie was the 1959 stage musical with Mary Martin as Maria and songs written by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rogers. The sheet music and lyrics can be found in The Songs of Oscar Hammerstein. His biography Getting to Know Him by Hugh Fordin puts the spotlight on the musician who also wrote South Pacific, The King and I and The Flower Drum Song.
Julie Andrews was director Robert Wise’s first choice to play Maria, but he also had Grace Kelly and Shirley Jones on his list of possible actresses. Ms. Andrews’ autobiography Home tells the story of her childhood and early years on the stage before she started making movies. Julie Andrews A Life by Robert Windeler is a well-reviewed biography that includes Ms. Andrews’ experience making The Sound of Music.

If The Sound of Music is on your My Favorite Things list, check out what the Library has.

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