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 II: Die Fledermaus / Domingo, Te Kanawa, Prey
Release Date: 10/14/2003   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2030   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss Jr, Johann: Simplicius / Volle, Zysset, Et Al
Release Date: 06/10/2003   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2901   Number of Discs: 1
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The Strauss Family In London / Georgiadis, London So
Release Date: 06/29/2004   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6691   Number of Discs: 1
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J. Strauss Jr.: Die Fledermaus / Franks, Warlow
Release Date: 05/29/2007   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4249   Number of Discs: 1
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J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Armstrong, Jurowski
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 890   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Emperor Waltz (Kaiser-Walzer)

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  • 76.
    The Never Ending Waltz / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80668 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Léo Delibes,  Léon Fyodorovich Minkus  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 77.
    Tanz Signale - Johann Strauss, Sr. / Alt-wiener Ensemble
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2007 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Ralph Kulling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 78.
    The Strauss You Love
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97016 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
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  • 79.
    Vienna / Reiner, Chicago So
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 71615 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Strauss,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Andre Rieu -  New Year's In Vienna
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17572 Release Date: 10/25/2005  
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  John Philip Sousa
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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  • 81.
    André Rieu - New Years In Vienna
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17573 Release Date: 10/25/2005  
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  John Philip Sousa
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Musiques Ŕ Orsay - Debussy, Etc
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4919 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martine Olmeda,  Maryse Castets,  Béatrice Uria-Monzon,  Hüseyin Sermet  ... 
    Conductor:  Manuel Rosenthal,  Alain Lombard,  Laurence Equilbey,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra,  Accentus  ... 
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  • 83.
    The Very Best Of Johann Strauss Jr.
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552115-16 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
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  • 84.
    Strauss Arrangements - Berg, Et Al / Berlin String Quartet
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1258 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Matthias Pfaender,  Gabriele Kupfernagel,  Karl-Heinz Dommus,  Klaus Peters  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin String Quartet
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  • 85.
    Peter Maag Conducts Johann Strauss, Jr.
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 43036 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Antal Tichy
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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  • 86.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Lea Piltti
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89603 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Erkki Melartin  ... 
    Performer:  Lea Piltti,  Richard Strauss,  Friedbert Sammler,  Helge Rosvaenge  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Zaun,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Hans Adolf Winter,  Arthur Rother  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Städtisches Orchestra Berlin,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    Best Of New Year's Concert / Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000166302 Release Date: 12/09/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Herbert von Karajan,  Lorin Maazel,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Johann Strauss II - Transcriptions / Vienna String Quartet
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 583 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna String Quartet
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  • 89.
    New Year's Concert 2003 / Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474250 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Wilhelm Furtwängler - The Remaining Unissued Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66770 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Otto Nicolai,  Hector Berlioz,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Listen, Learn & Grow - Playtime - Fun & Games
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555812 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolphe Adam,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy,  Gerald Garcia
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  István Bogár,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Keith Brion  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    J. Strauss, Jr., Stravinsky / Boston SO Chamber Players
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 463667 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Rolf Smedvig,  Armando Ghitalla,  Matthew Ruggiero,  Sherman Walt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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  • 93.
    From Haydn To Mahler / Bruno Walter, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2017/18 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 94.
    On The Beautiful Blue Danube, Etc / Andre Rieu, Et Al
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7534 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna
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  • 95.
    Listen, Learn And Grow - Playtime
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8560050 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Bedrich Tylsar,  Zdenek Tylsar,  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Michael Halász,  Michael Dittrich,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 96.
    Eloquence - Strauss: Waltzes /Boskovsky, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467413 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Classics For Dog Lovers
    Label: Stradivari   Catalog: 9018 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Hector Berlioz,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
    Conductor:  Barry Faldner,  Anton Nanut
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  • 98.
    Johann Strauss In Berlin / Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Berlin Po
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 24489 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Walzer-transcription By Second Viennese School
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 541 Release Date: 08/24/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Lanner,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Biedermeier Soloists
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  • 100.
    Strauss: Favorite Waltzes / Welser-most, London Philharmonic
    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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