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Johann Strauss the Elder (Hulton Archive c.1830s)

Johann Strauss (the Elder)

The music world of the 1800’s did not always give serious consideration to the beautiful and romantic Viennese waltzes that made the Austrian viola player and composer Johann Strauss the Elder (1804 – 1849) and his son Johann Strauss the Younger famous. Like his fellow composer, conductor, and sponsor-turned-nemesis Josef Lanner, Strauss the Elder started his career essentially performing on street corners for change. Strauss was on his own after he ran away from a bookbinding apprenticeship that his innkeeper father had set up for him; but Strauss did not have to play for change very long. His talent, hard work, and love of music quickly translated in to a creative and successful career. Strauss quickly ascended the ranks from viola player to conductor of Lanner’s orchestra to conductor of his own orchestra.

Video and Audio

Understanding the Music: Strauss - Wine, Woman and Song, Waltz, Op. 333, arr. Berg

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