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Father Wasner & the Von Trapp Family


This is a postcard picture entitled IN CONCERT c. 1942. Father Franz Wasner was a young priest in Salzburg in 1935, when on a visit to the von Trapp household, he heard the family sing. An excellent musician himself, he began to help the family with their music. When the von Trapps left Austria, he left with them and remained with the family as their conductor, composer and arranger until 1958.

The patriarch for this family, George Johannes von Trapp died soon after World War II in 1947.

The card identifies: Baroness Maria, Rosemarie, Eleonore, Johanna, Martina, Agathe and Hedwig. Conductor Father Wasner is playing the spinet.  The daughter Maria is also in the photo.

Not pictured are Rupert, Werner and Johannes.  All but Rosemarie, Eleonore and Johannes were children of the Baron’s first wife, Agathe.

The card is from the famous TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, 42 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, Vermont 05672.

A few of the newest generation of von Trapp musicians were in the Washington area for a small charity concert in 2006.

Here is the link to the Trapp Family Lodge:


One Response

  1. Hi, it mus thave been in 1955, but I could double check. I recall a nice story my uncle, the musical director of the family, Father Wasner, told me about meeting school children after a concert in New Zealand. When asked from where they are from, they said: Imagine you dig a hole right through the middle of the earth, you would come out in Austria on the other side. “And did you come that way?”

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