Johann Strauss Jr.

Biography

Born: Oct 25, 1825; Austria   Died: Jun 3, 1899; Austria   Period: Romantic
Johann Strauss, Jr. is the first truly well-known composer in those classical genres particular to his hometown, the Viennese waltz and Viennese operetta. The Blue Danube Waltz is not only the most popular of his works in the former category, but is among the most widely played and arranged pieces of its time, known to the most casual listener today from many radio, film and television uses of it.
Johann Strauss, Jr. was born in Vienna
Read more on October 25, 1825. He showed remarkable skills early in his childhood, despite his father's opposition to any career in music for any of his three sons. Johann, Sr. wanted him to become a banker, but the younger Strauss had his own ideas, taking violin lessons in secret from a player in his father's band. When Strauss was 17 his father left the family, thus allowing him to begin serious study without encumbrance. His mother, a good amateur violinist who had always encouraged him, remained supportive. Strauss now studied theory with Joseph Drechsler and took violin lessons from Anton Kohlmann. In 1844 young Johann led his first concert and a year later formed his own band, thereby competing with his father's orchestra. He was also writing his own quadrilles, mazurkas, polkas, and waltzes for performance by his ensemble, even conducting works by his father, and receiving praise from the press. He was given the honorary position of Bandmaster of the 2nd Vienna Citizens' Regiment (his father was bandmaster of the 1st regiment) in 1845, and in 1847 began composing for the Vienna Men's Choral Association.
His real success began in 1849 after Johann Strauss, Sr. died. Johann, Jr. merged his father's orchestra with his own and took up his father's contracts. His career moved along smoothly for the next several years, but in 1853 he became seriously ill and turned over conducting duties to his younger brother, Josef, for six months. After his recovery he resumed fully both his conducting and his composing activities, eventually gaining the respect of such composers as Brahms, Wagner, and Verdi for his seemingly unlimited imagination for using melodies.
Strauss married singer Henriette "Jetty" Treffz in August 1862, and they settled in Hietzing. Thereafter, she became his business manager and apparently a great inspiration, drawing him toward operetta, just as Viennese theater operators were becoming tired of the works of Offenbach. His first, Indigo und die vierzig Räuber, came in 1871, and his most famous, Die Fledermaus, was staged three years later with great success. Eine Nacht in Venedig (1883) and Der Zigeunerbaron (1885) were his only other international operetta hits.
In 1872, he traveled to the United States and led highly successful concerts in Boston and New York. For all the success that came in the 1870s for Strauss, there was also much grief: his mother and brother Josef died in 1870, and his wife died suddenly of a heart attack in 1878. Her death devastated him, and the suddenly helpless composer unwisely married the much-younger actress Angelika Dittrich, six weeks later. The marriage lasted only four years, though it may have saved the composer from personal disaster in the months following his wife's death.
Strauss, a Roman Catholic, left the church and had to give up his Austrian citizenship to marry Adele Deutsch in 1887, owing to the Church's unwillingness to recognize his divorce. His new wife, with whom he had lived for a long period before their marriage, seemed to inspire him much like his first wife. In his last years, Strauss remained quite productive and active. He was working on a ballet, Cinderella, when he developed a respiratory ailment which grew into pneumonia. He died on June 3, 1899. Read less
J. Strauss Jr.: Voices Of Spring / Guth, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29250   Number of Discs: 1
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J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Previn, Te Kanawa, Gruberova
Release Date: 11/08/1991   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 432157   Number of Discs: 2
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Johann Strauss Ii At The Opera
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 578287   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Artist's Life (Künstlerleben)

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  • 51.
    Emperor Waltz / Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90455 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    J. Strauss Jr: Favorite Waltzes / Willi Boskovsky, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 74311 Release Date: 07/03/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Rudi Knabl
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna
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  • 53.
    The Monet Collection - The Romance Collection
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315015 Release Date: 05/01/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  George Vachnadze,  Albina Shikshniute,  Valentinas Gelgotas
    Conductor:  Vakhtang Kakhidze,  Jansug Kakhidze,  Jean-Yves Gaudin,  Sergei Beliakov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra,  Jadoni Festival Orchestra,  Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Classics For Poets
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1069 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Johann Strauss, Jr: 100 Of His Best Compositions
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501004 Release Date: 10/01/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Michael Dittrich,  Christian Pollack  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 56.
    Herbert Von Karajan - His Legacy
    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 4401 Release Date: 06/29/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Luigi Cherubini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  EIAR Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 57.
    J. Strauss Jr.: 100 Most Famous Waltzes, Etc Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554517 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter,  Peter Guth,  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    Historische Neujahrskonzerte / Clemens Krauss, Vienna PO
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90336 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Strauss: Favorite Waltzes / Welser-möst, London Po
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73295 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    New Year's Concert 1999 / Lorin Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61687 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 61.
    J. Strauss - The Best Of Vienna
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 459730 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  Karl Swoboda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Lorin Maazel,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Strauss In Vienna - Famous Waltzes, Etc / Quintett Wien
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5542 Release Date: 01/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Alfred Prinz,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Quintet
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  • 63.
    Phase 4 Stereo - The Blue Danube / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455154 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 64.
    The Strauss Family: Waltzes, Polkas & Marches / Boskovsky
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455254 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Music from the Film
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62014 Release Date: 05/28/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 66.
    From Holland With Love / André Rieu
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 522933 Release Date: 03/05/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Ludwig Gruber,  Ferry Wunsch,  Rudolf Sieczynski  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Frédéric Jenniges
    Conductor:  Jurre Haanstra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
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  • 67.
    Favorite Waltzes / Felix Slatkin, Miklós Rózsa
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69023 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Iosif Ivanovici,  Emil Waldteufel,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Miklós Rózsa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Strauss: Waltzes / Boskovsky, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443473 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss
    Performer:  Anton Karas
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    150 Jahre Weiner Philharmoniker - Erich Kleiber
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90115 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Strauss - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3607 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    Strauss: The Blue Danube And Other Waltz Favorites
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57238 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Stanislav Gorkovenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Radio/TV Orchestra of St. Petersburg
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  • 72.
    J. Strauss Jr. Edition Vol 26 / Peter Guth, Orf Symphony
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223226 Release Date: 12/02/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Mad About The Waltz
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439518 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Franz Bauer-Theussl,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    Basic 100 Vol 6 - Strauss: Waltzes / Ormandy, Philadelphia
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61555 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Strauss Johann: Best Of Vol. 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550336 Release Date: 02/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Alfred Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice State Philharmonic,  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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