Johann Strauss

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Mapping the Musical Genome
The Waltzing Strauss Family
The extraordinary dynasty of dance music composers and musicians named Strauss originated in the Hungarian town of Buda. Around 1750, Grandfather Johann moved to Vienna, and his son Franz Borgias operated a small tavern in the suburb of Leopoldstadt. That
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The Waltz King – Three Strauss Brothers
This is a big year for Strausses! We have celebrated the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss, composer of the great tone poems Ein Heldenleben Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Don Juan, Don Quixote and Thus Spake Zarathustra and his controversial operas
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Danubian Debauchery III
Analyze This
Johann Strauss II, Henriette Angelika Diettrich “Lily”, Henrietta “Jetty” Treffz and Adele Deutsch
Johann Strauss II Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) (1883) Kaiser Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437 (1889) Aufs Korn, Op. 478 (1898) Psychoanalytical models suggest that a human being, emotionally responding to the loss of a loved one,
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Danubian Debauchery II
(Like Father, like Son)
Johann Strauss II, Olga Smirnitskaya and Henrietta “Jetty” Treffz
Johann Strauss II Abschied von St. Petersburg (1858) An der schonen, blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314 (1867) Die Fledermaus (1874) I am not entirely sure who coined the saying “like father, like son”, but they certainly could
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Danubian Debauchery I
Johann Strauss and Maria Anna Streim
Johann Strauss Täuberlin-Walzer, Op. 1 Kettenbrücken-Walzer, Op. 4 “Homage to Queen Victoria of Great Britain”, Op. 103 (1838) “Radetzky March”, Op. 228 (1848) One would be hard pressed not to agree with the assessment of a contemporary music critic, who
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