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The Story Of The Trapp Family Singers Was A Popular German Movie Before It Was A Popular American Movie

Since the 1960s, The Sound of Music has been a smashing success in the United States. In 1960 it won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. Five years later, the Hollywood version won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

However, before the story of the Trapp Family Singers was a hit on stage and screen in the United States, it was a successful West German movie. In 1956 a movie called “Die Trapp-Familie” (translation: The Trapp Family) was made and would go on to be one of the most successful German films of the decade. It was this German version of Maria von Trapp’s autobiography that would be one of the inspirations for The Sound of Music.

Many of the songs from The Sound of Music have been covered an adapted for use in other plays, movies, TV shows, musical performances, and advertisements. In the video above, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, along with the Orchestra at Temple Square, perform Climb Every Mountain, which is typically performed at the end of the musical’s first act.