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Johann Strauss II
Johann Strauss II
(October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899), also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger, the Son (German: Sohn), Johann Baptist Strauss, son of Johann Strauss I, was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz
Waltz
King", and was largely then responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna
Vienna
during the 19th century. Strauss had two younger brothers, Josef and Eduard Strauss, who became composers of light music as well, although they were never as well known as their elder brother. Some of Johann Strauss's most famous works include "The Blue Danube", "Kaiser-Walzer" (Emperor Waltz), "Tales from the Vienna
Vienna
Woods", and the "Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka". Among his operettas, Die Fledermaus
Die Fledermaus
and Der Zigeunerbaron are the best known.

Contents

1 Spelling of name 2 Early life 3 Debut as a composer 4 Career advancements 5 Marriages 6 Musical rivals and admirers 7 Stage works 8 Death and legacy 9 Portrayals in the media 10 Works 11 Notes 12 References 13 External links

Spelling of name[edit] Although the name Strauss can be found in reference books frequently with "ß", Strauss himself wrote his name with a long "s" and a round "s" (Strauſs), which was a replacement form for the Fraktur- ß
ß
used in antique manuscripts. His family called him "Schani", derived from the Italian "Gianni", a diminutive of "Giovanni", the Italian equivalent of "Johann". Early life[edit]

His father, Johann Strauss I, in an etching from 1835

Strauss was born in St Ulrich near Vienna
Vienna
(now a part of Neubau), Austria, on October 25, 1825, to the composer Johann Strauss I. His paternal great-grandfather was a Hungarian Jew – a fact which the Nazis, who lionised Strauss's music as "so German", later tried to conceal.[1] His father did not want him to become a musician but rather a banker.[2] Nevertheless, Strauss Junior studied the violin secretly as a child with the first violinist of his father's orchestra, Franz Amon.[2] When his father discovered his son secretly practising on a violin one day, he gave him a severe whipping, saying that he was going to beat the music out of the boy.[3] It seems that rather than trying to avoid a Strauss rivalry, the elder Strauss only wanted his son to escape the rigours of a musician's life.[4] It was only when the father abandoned his family for a mistress, Emilie Trampusch (de), that the son was able to concentrate fully on a career as a composer with the support of his mother.[5] Strauss studied counterpoint and harmony with theorist Professor Joachim Hoffmann,[2] who owned a private music school. His talents were also recognized by composer Joseph Drechsler, who taught him exercises in harmony. It was during that time that he composed his only sacred work, the graduale Tu qui regis totum orbem (1844). His other violin teacher, Anton Kollmann, who was the ballet répétiteur of the Vienna
Vienna
Court Opera, also wrote excellent testimonials for him. Armed with these, he approached the Viennese authorities to apply for a license to perform.[6] He initially formed his small orchestra where he recruited his members at the Zur Stadt Belgrad tavern, where musicians seeking work could be hired easily.[7] Debut as a composer[edit]

Johann Strauss in his younger years

Johann Strauss I's influence over the local entertainment establishments meant that many of them were wary of offering the younger Strauss a contract for fear of angering the father.[5] Strauss Jr. was able to persuade the Dommayer's Casino in Hietzing, a suburb of Vienna, to allow him to perform.[8] The elder Strauss, in anger at his son's disobedience, and at that of the proprietor, refused to ever play at the Dommayer's Casino again,[9] which had been the site of many of his earlier triumphs. Strauss made his debut at Dommayer's in October 1844, where he performed some of his first works, such as the waltzes "Sinngedichte", Op. 1 and "Gunstwerber", Op. 4 and the polka "Herzenslust", Op. 3.[2] Critics and the press were unanimous in their praise for Strauss's music. A critic for Der Wanderer commented that "Strauss’s name will be worthily continued in his son; children and children’s children can look forward to the future, and three-quarter time will find a strong footing in him."[2]

Strauss at the beginning of his career

Despite the initial fanfare, Strauss found his early years as a composer difficult, but he soon won over audiences after accepting commissions to perform away from home. The first major appointment for the young composer was his award of the honorary position of "Kapellmeister of the 2nd Vienna
Vienna
Citizen's Regiment", which had been left vacant following Joseph Lanner's death two years before.[10] Vienna
Vienna
was wracked by the revolutions of 1848 in the Austrian Empire and the intense rivalry between father and son became much more apparent. Johann Jr. decided to side with the revolutionaries. It was a decision that was professionally disadvantageous, as the Austrian royalty twice denied him the much coveted 'KK Hofballmusikdirektor' position, which was first designated especially for Johann I in recognition of his musical contributions. Further, the younger Strauss was also arrested by the Viennese authorities for publicly playing "La Marseillaise", but was later acquitted.[11] The elder Strauss remained loyal to the monarchy, and composed his "Radetzky March", Op. 228 (dedicated to the Habsburg field marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz), which would become one of his best-known compositions.[12] When the elder Strauss died from scarlet fever in Vienna
Vienna
in 1849, the younger Strauss merged both their orchestras and engaged in further tours.[2] Later, he also composed a number of patriotic marches dedicated to the Habsburg Emperor Franz Josef I, such as the "Kaiser Franz-Josef Marsch" Op. 67 and the "Kaiser Franz Josef Rettungs Jubel-Marsch" Op. 126, probably to ingratiate himself in the eyes of the new monarch, who ascended to the Austrian throne after the 1848 revolution.[2] Career advancements[edit]

"The Blue Danube"

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Strauss Jr. eventually surpassed his father's fame, and became one of the most popular waltz composers of the era, extensively touring Austria, Poland and Germany with his orchestra. He applied for the KK Hofballmusikdirektor Music Director of the Royal Court Balls position, which he eventually attained in 1863,[2] after being denied several times before for his frequent brushes with the local authorities. In 1853, due to constant mental and physical demands, Strauss suffered a nervous breakdown.[2] He took a seven-week vacation in the countryside in the summer of that year, on the advice of doctors. Johann's younger brother Josef was persuaded by his family to abandon his career as an engineer and take command of Johann's orchestra in the interim.[2] In 1855, Strauss accepted commissions from the management of the Tsarskoye-Selo Railway Company of Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
to play in Russia for the Vauxhall Pavilion at Pavlovsk in 1856. He would return to perform in Russia every year until 1865.[2] Later, in the 1870s, Strauss and his orchestra toured the United States, where he took part in the Boston Festival at the invitation of bandmaster Patrick Gilmore
Patrick Gilmore
and was the lead conductor in a "Monster Concert" of over 1000 performers (see World's Peace Jubilee and International Musical Festival),[13] performing his "Blue Danube" waltz, amongst other pieces, to great acclaim.[13] Marriages[edit] Strauss married the singer Henrietta Treffz
Henrietta Treffz
in 1862, and they remained together until her death in 1878.[2] Six weeks after her death,[2][14] Strauss married the actress Angelika Dittrich. Dittrich was not a fervent supporter of his music, and their differences in status and opinion, and especially her indiscretion, led him to seek a divorce.[2] Strauss was not granted a divorce by the Roman Catholic Church, and therefore changed religion and nationality, and became a citizen of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
in January 1887.[2] Strauss sought solace in his third wife Adele Deutsch, whom he married in August 1887. She encouraged his creative talent to flow once more in his later years, resulting in many famous compositions, such as the operettas Der Zigeunerbaron and Waldmeister, and the waltzes "Kaiser-Walzer" Op. 437, "Kaiser Jubiläum" Op. 434, and "Klug Gretelein" Op. 462. Musical rivals and admirers[edit]

Strauss and Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms
photographed in Vienna

Although Strauss was the most sought-after composer of dance music in the latter half of the 19th century, stiff competition was present in the form of Karl Michael Ziehrer
Karl Michael Ziehrer
and Émile Waldteufel; the latter held a commanding position in Paris.[15] Phillip Fahrbach also denied the younger Strauss the commanding position of the KK Hofballmusikdirektor when the latter first applied for the post. The German operetta composer Jacques Offenbach, who made his name in Paris, also posed a challenge to Strauss in the operetta field.[16] Strauss was admired by other prominent composers: Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
once admitted that he liked the waltz "Wein, Weib und Gesang" Op. 333.[17] Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss
(unrelated to the Strauss family), when writing his Rosenkavalier waltzes, said in reference to Johann Strauss, "How could I forget the laughing genius of Vienna?"[18] Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms
was a personal friend of Strauss; the latter dedicated his waltz "Seid umschlungen, Millionen!" ("Be Embraced, You Millions!"), Op. 443, to him.[19] A story is told in biographies of both men that Strauss's wife Adele approached Brahms with a customary request that he autograph her fan. It was usual for the composer to inscribe a few measures of his best-known music, and then sign his name. Brahms, however, inscribed a few measures from the "Blue Danube", and then wrote beneath it: "Unfortunately, NOT by Johannes Brahms."[20] Stage works[edit] Main article: List of operettas by Johann Strauss II The most famous of Strauss' operettas are Die Fledermaus, Eine Nacht in Venedig, and Der Zigeunerbaron. There are many dance pieces drawn from themes of his operettas, such as "Cagliostro-Walzer" Op. 370 (from Cagliostro in Wien), "O Schöner Mai" Walzer Op. 375 (from Prinz Methusalem), "Rosen aus dem Süden" Walzer Op. 388 (from Das Spitzentuch der Königin), and "Kuss-Walzer" op. 400 (from Der lustige Krieg), that have survived obscurity and become well-known. Strauss also wrote an opera, Ritter Pázmán,[21] and was in the middle of composing a ballet, Aschenbrödel, when he died in 1899.[22] Death and legacy[edit]

Statue of the Waltz
Waltz
King in Stadtpark, Vienna

Strauss was diagnosed with pleuropneumonia, and on June 3, 1899 he died in Vienna, at the age of 73. He was buried in the Zentralfriedhof. At the time of his death, he was still composing his ballet Aschenbrödel.[22] As a result of the efforts by Clemens Krauss
Clemens Krauss
who performed a special all-Strauss programme in 1929 with the Vienna
Vienna
Philharmonic, Strauss's music is now regularly performed at the annual Vienna
Vienna
New Year's Concert. Distinguished Strauss interpreters include Willi Boskovsky,[23] who carried on the Vorgeiger tradition of conducting with violin in hand, as was the Strauss family custom, as well as Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta
and Riccardo Muti. In addition, the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester, which was formed in 1966, pays tribute to the touring orchestras which once made the Strauss family so famous.[24] In 1987 Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu
André Rieu
also created a Johann Strauss Orchestra. Most of the Strauss works that are performed today may once have existed in a slightly different form, as Eduard Strauss
Eduard Strauss
destroyed much of the original Strauss orchestral archives in a furnace factory in Vienna's Mariahilf
Mariahilf
district in 1907.[25] 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.[26] Two museums in Vienna
Vienna
are dedicated to Johann Strauss II. His residence in the Praterstrasse where he lived in the 1860s is now part of the Vienna
Vienna
Museum. The Strauss Museum
Strauss Museum
is about the whole family with a focus on Johann Strauss II. Portrayals in the media[edit]

Silhouette by Otto Böhler

The lives of the Strauss dynasty members and their world-renowned craft of composing Viennese waltzes are also briefly documented in several television adaptations, such as The Strauss Family (1972), The Strauss Dynasty (1991)[27] and Strauss, the King of 3/4 Time (1995).[28] 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
Waltz
(1938), redone in 1972.[29] Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
made a low-budget biographical film of Strauss in 1933 called Waltzes from Vienna.[30] After a trip to Vienna, Walt Disney was inspired to create four feature films. One of those was The Waltz
Waltz
King, a loosely adapted biopic of Strauss, which aired as part of the Wonderful World of Disney in the U.S. in 1963.[31] In Mikhail Bulgakov's 1940 (published 1967) novel, The Master and Margarita, Strauss conducts the orchestra during Satan's Great Ball at the invitation of Behemoth. A Corny Concerto
A Corny Concerto
(1943), a Warner Bros cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett with animation by Robert McKimson, features music that was composed by Strauss, and is a parody of Walt Disney's 1940 Fantasia. The cartoon is narrated by Elmer Fudd, parodying Deems Taylor's appearance in Fantasia. The 1950 animated short entitled " Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
in the Hollywood Bowl" from the series Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
makes use of Strauss's overture of Die Fledermaus. Another 1953 animated short "Johann Mouse" from the series Tom and Jerry features a mouse mesmerised by the playing of several Strauss waltzes by Johann Strauss himself, and later, by Tom. The 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey features "The Blue Danube". Works[edit] Main articles: List of operettas by Johann Strauss II and List of compositions by Johann Strauss II Notes[edit]

^ The story of the forgery in 1941 of the entry for the marriage of Johann Michael Strauss to Rosalia Buschin ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Strauss: Johann Strauss II". Grove Music Online. Retrieved September 28, 2008.  ^ Fantel, Hans. The Waltz
Waltz
Kings. William Morrow & Company. p. 75.  ^ Gartenberg (1974), p. 124 ^ a b Gartenberg (1974), p. 121 ^ Gartenberg (1974), p. 126 ^ Fantel, Hans. The Waltz
Waltz
Kings. William Morrow & Company. p. 76.  ^ Jacob (1940) p. 127 ^ Gartenberg (1974), p. 125 ^ Alabama Symphony Archived August 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Fantel, Hans (1972). The Waltz
Waltz
Kings. William Morrow & Company, Inc. p. 96.  ^ Fantel, Hans (1972). The Waltz
Waltz
Kings. William Morrow & Company, Inc. p. 89.  ^ a b Gartenberg (1974), p. 246 ^ " Johann Strauss II
Johann Strauss II
1825–1899); AUT". Classical Archives. Retrieved April 13, 2009.  ^ Waldteufel, Émile – Biography ^ "The Viennese Operetta". Retrieved April 14, 2009.  ^ Jacob (1940) p. 226 ^ " Vienna
Vienna
Tickets – Johann Strauss". Retrieved October 3, 2008. [permanent dead link] ^ Rubey, Norbert. Seid umschlungen, Millionen!. Diletto Musicale, Doblinger.  ^ Jacob (1940) p. 227 ^ Traubner, Richard. Operetta: A theatrical history. Routledge. p. 131.  ^ a b Jacob (1940) p. 341 ^ "Willi Boskovsky, 81, Waltz
Waltz
Violinist, Dies", The New York Times, April 24, 1991. ^ Vienna
Vienna
Johann Strau ß
ß
Orchestra Archived February 3, 1999, at Archive.is ^ Jacob (1940) p. 363 ^ Crittenden, Camille. Johann Strauss and Vienna. Cambridge University Press. p. 89.  ^ The Strauss Dynasty (1991) on IMDb ^ Strauss, the King of 3/4 Time (1995) on IMDb ^ The Great Waltz
Waltz
(1938, 1972) on IMDb ^ Waltzes from Vienna
Vienna
(1934) on IMDb ^ Chronology of the Waltz
Waltz
Disney Company

References[edit]

Gänzl, Kurt. The Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre (3 Volumes). New York: Schirmer Books, 2001. Gartenberg, Egon (1974). Johann Strauss – The End of an Era. Penn State University Press. ISBN 978-0-271-01131-8.  Traubner, Richard. Operetta: A Theatrical History. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1983. Jacob, Heinrich Eduard. Johann Strauss, Father and Son: A Century of Light Music. The Greystone Press, 1940.

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Johann Strauss II
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Johann Strauss II

Operettas

Indigo und die vierzig Räuber
Indigo und die vierzig Räuber
(1871) Der Karneval in Rom
Der Karneval in Rom
(1873) Die Fledermaus
Die Fledermaus
(1874) Cagliostro in Wien
Cagliostro in Wien
(1875) Prinz Methusalem
Prinz Methusalem
(1877) Blindekuh (1878) Das Spitzentuch der Königin
Das Spitzentuch der Königin
(1880) Der lustige Krieg
Der lustige Krieg
(1881) Eine Nacht in Venedig
Eine Nacht in Venedig
(1883) Der Zigeunerbaron (1885) Simplicius (1887) Waldmeister
Waldmeister
(1895) Wiener Blut (arr. by Adolf Müller, 1899)

Waltzes

Sinngedichte, Op. 1 (1844) Gunstwerber, Op. 4 (1844) Sträußchen, Op. 15 (1846) Klange aus der Walachei, Op. 50 (1850) Frohsinns-Spenden, Op. 73 (1850) Lava-Ströme, Op. 74 (1850) Rhadamantus-Klänge, Op. 94 (1851) Idyllen, Op. 95 (1851) Mephistos Höllenrufe, Op. 101 (1851) Liebeslieder, Op. 114 (1852) Phönix-Schwingen, Op. 125 (1853) Novellen, Op. 146 (1854) Nachtfalter, Op. 157 (1855) Glossen, Op. 163 (1855) Man lebt nur einmal!, Op. 167 (1855) Abschieds-Rufe, Op. 179 (1856) Phänomene, Op. 193 (1857) Abschied von St. Petersburg, Op. 210 (1858) Hell und voll, Op. 216 (1859) Promotionen, Op. 221 (1859) Accelerationen, Op. 234 (1860) Immer heiterer, Op. 235 (1860) Grillenbanner, Op. 247 (1861) Klangfiguren, Op. 251, (1861) Dividenden, Op. 252 Karnevalsbotschafter, Op. 270 (1862) Leitartikel, Op. 273 (1863) Morgenblätter, Op. 279 (1863) Studentenlust, Op. 285 (1864) Aus den Bergen, Op. 292 (1864) Bürgersinn, Op. 295 (1865) Flugschriften, Op. 300 (1865) Wiener Bonbons, Op. 307 (1866) An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (1867) Künstlerleben, Op. 316 (1867) Die Publicisten, Op. 321 (1868) G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 (1868) Illustrationen, Op. 331 (1869) Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333 (1869) Freuet Euch des Lebens, Op. 340 (1870) Neu Wien, Op. 342 (1870) Tausend und eine Nacht, Op. 346 (1871) Wiener Blut (waltz), Op. 354 (1873) Carnevalsbilder, Op. 357 (1873) Bei uns Z'haus, Op. 361 (1873) Wo die Zitronen blühen, Op. 364 (1874) Du und du, Op. 367 (1874) Cagliostro-Walzer, Op. 370 (1875) O schöner Mai!, Op. 375 (1877) Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388 (1880) Nordseebilder, Op. 390 (1880) Kuss-Walzer, Op. 400 (1881) Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 (1883) Lagunen-Walzer, Op. 411 (1883) Schatz-Walzer, Op. 418 (1885) Wiener Frauen, Op. 423 (1886) Donauweibchen, Op. 427 (1887) Kaiser-Jubiläum-Jubelwalzer, Op. 434 (1888) Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (1888) Rathausball-Tänze, Op. 438 (1890) Gross-Wien, Op. 440 (1891) Seid umschlungen, Millionen!, Op. 443 (1892) Trau, schau, wem!, Op. 463 (1895) Farewell to America

Polkas

Herzenslust, Op. 3 Explosions-Polka, Op. 43 Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 (1858) Demolirer, Op. 269 (1862) Vergnügungszug, Op. 281 (1864) 'S gibt nur a Kaiserstadt, 's gibt nur a Wien!, Op. 291 Lob der Frauen, Op. 315 Postillon d'amour, Op. 317 (1867) Leichtes Blut, Op. 319 (1867) Figaro-Polka, Op. 320 (1867) Ein Herz, ein Sinn!, Op. 323 Freikugeln, Op. 326 (1868) Éljen a Magyar!, Op. 332 Im Krapfenwald'l, Op. 336 (1869) Die Bajadere, Op. 351 Vom Donaustrande, Op. 358 Bitte schön!, Op. 372 (1875) Auf der Jagd, Op. 373 (1875) Banditen-Galopp, Op. 378 (1877) Waldine, Op. 385 (1879) Neue Pizzicato Polka, Op. 449

Marches

Persischer Marsch, Op. 289 (1864) Indigo-Marsch, Op. 349

Quadrille

Debut-Quadrille, Op. 2 (1844) Le beau Monde, Op. 199 (1857)

Other

Ritter Pázmán
Ritter Pázmán
(Opera 1892) Aschenbrödel (Ballet 1899) Compositions Operettas

Family

Henrietta Treffz
Henrietta Treffz
(wife) Johann Strauss I
Johann Strauss I
(father) Eduard Strauss
Eduard Strauss
(brother) Josef Strauss
Josef Strauss
(brother) Johann Strauss III
Johann Strauss III
(nephew) Eduard Strauss
Eduard Strauss
II (grandnephew)

In media

Waltzes from Vienna
Vienna
(1933) The Great Waltz
Waltz
(1938) Vienna
Vienna
Waltzes (1951) The Strauss Family (1972) The Great Waltz
Waltz
(1972)

Authority control

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