He was the oldest son of Johann Strauss the Elderalso a composer, but one whose reputation would eventually be eclipsed by his son's. Strauss the Elder wanted his son to follow a different career path than he himself had followed, so Strauss II became a bank clerk while secretly studying the violin with a member of his father's company. His father left the family when Strauss was 17, and Strauss soon began openly embracing the musician's life, conducting a band in a Viennese restaurant when he was Wein a teenager, in A year after the restaurant appearance, Strauss formed his own band and suddenly found himself competing with his father.
He also began writing at this point—quadrilles, mazurkas, polkas and waltzes, which were then performed by his orchestra. He soon began receiving praise for his work and, inwas awarded the honorary bandmaster position of the 2nd Vienna Citizens' Regiment. To shed some light on the competition between father and son, Strauss the Elder was bandmaster of the 1st regiment.
- Johann Strauss Party (Vinyl to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Notwithstanding their general lack of modern popularity, there are many dance pieces drawn Wein themes of his operettas, such as "Cagliostro-Walzer" Op.
List of operettas by Johann Strauss II. Strauss was diagnosed with double pneumonia in the spring ofand died in Vienna, at the age of He was buried in the Zentralfriedhof. Strauss's music is now regularly performed at the annual Neujahrskonzert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, as a result of the efforts Wein Clemens Krauss who performed a special all-Strauss programme in with the Viennese orchestra.
Many distinguished Strauss interpreters include Willi Boskovsky, who carried on the "Vorgeiger" tradition of conducting with violin in hand, as is the Strauss family custom, as well as Herbert von Karajan and the opera conductor Riccardo Muti.
In addition, the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester, which was formed inpays tribute to the touring orchestras which once made the Strauss family so famous.
Most of the Strauss works that are performed today may once have existed in a slightly different form, as Eduard Strauss destroyed much of the original Strauss orchestral archives in a furnace factory in Vienna's Mariahilf district in Eduard, then the only surviving brother of the three, took this drastic precaution after agreeing to a pact between himself and brother Josef that whoever outlived the other was to destroy their works.
The measure was intended to prevent the Strauss family's works from being claimed by another composer. This may also have been fueled by Strauss's rivalry with another of Vienna's popular waltz and march composers, Karl Michael Ziehrer.
Strauss' public image took an unexpected turn in the s after the Nazi's came to power. Some of Austria's pro-Nazi leaders arranged for the removal of a baptism book from a cathedral that documented Strauss' Jewish roots in an effort to hide his ancestry. Many other films used his works and melodies, and several films have been based upon the life of the musician, the most famous of which is called The Great Waltz Alfred Hitchcock made a low-budget biopic of Strauss in called Waltzes from Vienna.
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