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Johann Strauss, Jr. Birthday


October 25 is the birthday, in 1825, of Johann Strauss, Jr.  Though we often refer to him as "The Waltz King" (and he certainly did much to popularize the waltz as a dance form) he composed so much more.  The list of his dance music alone numbers over 400.  And of course he left behind several wonderful operettas.....Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is probably the one that everybody recognizes.  He was exceptionally popular in his day (think of today's rock stars), even among the other major composers of the day.  A favorite example of this was an occasion at which the great Johannes Brahms was asked for his autograph by Strauss' stepdaughter.  Brahms took her autograph fan, sketched out the first few bars of the Strauss 'hit' waltz "On The Beautiful Blue Danube" then wrote below it "Alas, NOT by Johann Strauss, Jr" and signed his name.  Here are a few interesting Strauss links:

 

The Wikipedia entry for Strauss.

 

The Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain (excellent site). 

 

The Johann Strauss Society of New York's LIST of all of Strauss' compositions.  Note this is a .pdf file and your PC must have a reader (e.g. Adobe Acrobat) capable of opening such a file.

 

Visiting Europe soon?  Here are some of the Strauss-related places you could visit.

 

And something for the CHILDREN.....the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's "DSOKids" page about Strauss.

 

 

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