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.: Complete Orchestral Edition [52-CD Set]
Release Date: 04/26/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8505226   Number of Discs: 52
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Johann Strauss Ii: Wiener Blut / Bibl, Serafin, Trost
Release Date: 07/10/2015   Label: Archipel  
Catalog: 14   Number of Discs: 1
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J. Strauss Jr.: 100 Most Famous Waltzes, Etc Vol 7
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 554523   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss Johann: Most Famous Waltzes
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550152   Number of Discs: 1
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J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus Highlights / Wildner, Et Al
Release Date: 05/09/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553171   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Tales from the Vienna Woods (Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald)

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  • 126.
    Strauss - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64063 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Lazar Gosman,  Eugene Ormandy,  Stanley Black,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 127.
    Classical Music For People Who Hate Classical Music
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 62664 Release Date: 07/19/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  George Gershwin,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Pasquale Cardillo,  Earl Wild,  Leonard Pennario,  Géza Anda  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Fritz Reiner,  Richard Kapp,  Géza Anda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    1994 New Year's Concert / Maazel, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46694 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Werner Hink
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 130.
    Strauss: Famous Waltzes, Polkas, Marches, Overtures Vol 5
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550340 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter,  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 131.
    The Best Of Johann Strauss Ii
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556664 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Johannes Wildner,  Martin Sieghart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    The Best Of Johann Strauss
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551114 Release Date: 06/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Martin Sieghart,  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
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  • 134.
    Joh. & Jos. Strauss: Waltzes & Polkas / Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 437255 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss
    Performer:  Karl Swoboda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 135.
    Waltzes For Singing / Beegle, New York Vocal Arts Ensemble
    Label: Arabesque   Catalog: 6586 Release Date: 04/22/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Raymond Beegle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Vocal Arts Ensemble
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  • 136.
    Prima Voce - Lotte Schone And Richard Tauber In Operetta
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7833 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Viktor Nessler,  Carl Zeller,  Karl Millöcker  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Lotte Schöne
    Conductor:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Franz Lehár,  Ernst Hauke,  Anton Paulik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Künstlertheater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 137.
    Prima Voce - Maria Ivogun
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7832 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Traditional,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Ivogün,  Michael Raucheisen
    Conductor:  Leo Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 138.
    J. Strauss: An Der Schönen Blauen Donau, Etc / E. Strauss
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90013 Release Date: 10/26/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Eduard Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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  • 139.
    Strauss Waltzes / Mantovani And His Orchestra
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 433682 Release Date: 07/21/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mantovani & His Orchestra
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  • 140.
    The Vienna Choir Boys Sing Strauss Waltzes
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61235 Release Date: 07/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Hans Gillesberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 141.
    Strauss Johann: Most Famous Waltzes
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550152 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna
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  • 142.
    J. Strauss Jr. Edition Vol 21 / Johannes Wildner, Et Al
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223221 Release Date: 06/15/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
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  • 143.
    Blue Danube- Strauss Waltzes / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orch
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60490 Release Date: 06/21/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Ein Straussfest / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80098 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 145.
    Strauss Family Festkonzert / Sawallisch, Vienna So
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 236901 Release Date: 09/27/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 146.
    New Year's Concert 1990 / Mehta, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45808 Release Date: 03/30/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss
    Performer:  Georg Glasl
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 147.
    J Strauss: Waltzes / Lorin Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Dg 3d Classics   Catalog: 4278202 Release Date: 08/01/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Johann Strauss: Famous Waltzes / Willi Boskovsky
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 4177062 Release Date: 03/16/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 149.
    Johann & Josef Strauss: Radetzky-marsch, Etc / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4100272 Release Date: 03/10/1983   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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