"The hills are alive with the sound of music, With songs they have sung for a thousand years": First Edition of The Sound of Music; Warmly Inscribed Russell Crouse and Howard Lindsay

  • The Sound of Music.

The Sound of Music.

Item Number: 49016

New York: Random House, 1960.

First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original yellow cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by both authors on the front free endpaper, “For Pat Buckley, the “Gig” man of our visits to London Russel Crouse.” Also signed by Howard Lindsay right beneath Crouse’s inscription. Postcard from London enclosed, signed by ‘Pat’, with a note: “Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay and Richard Rogers did the book and lyrics of all the Rogers and Hammerstein shows musicals.” Includes cast list of the first production, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, on November 16, 1959. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Rare and desirable signed.

The Sound of Music written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse was based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Climb Every Mountain, Do-Re-Mi, and the title song The Sound of Music. It was adapted to the 1965 film musical, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards.