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: Die Fledermaus: Overture

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  • 76.
    All Time Favorite Strauss Waltzes
    Label: Kado   Catalog: 20050 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Theater Symphony Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Invitation to the Dance / Alt-Wiener Strauss Ensemble
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2008 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Theresa Ullrich
    Conductor:  Ralph Kulling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Sparkling Classics - Music For An Evening With Friends / Kunzel, Titov, Pesek, Sondeckis, Et Al
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1140 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Georges Bizet,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Vakhtang Kakhidze,  Alexander Titov,  Erich Kunzel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra,  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Canon"  ... 
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  • 80.
    The Essence Of Viennese Music / Guth, Bruckner Linz
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 255 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Lippert,  Edith Lienbacher
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
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  • 81.
    Klimt - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558146 Release Date: 05/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Richard Strauss,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Zagórzanka,  Peter Hill,  Ruxandra Donose,  Thomas Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Karol Stryja,  Zdenek Kosler,  Takuo Yuasa,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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  • 82.
    Scene  Viva Verdi! / Hr Brass
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6031187 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Balazs Nemes,  Oliver Siefert
    Conductor:  Steven Verhaert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  HR Brass
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  • 83.
    An Operetta Potpourri / Uwe Theimer
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 25003 Release Date: 12/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oscar Straus,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Conductor:  Uwe Theimer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Ball Orchestra
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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Karajan - The Collection - Famous Overtures / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000020102 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    J. Strauss Jr.: Waltzes, Polkas & Marches / Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7499812 Release Date: 04/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 87.
    New Year's Concert 2002 / Seiji Ozawa, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468999 Release Date: 01/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  J. "Pepi" Hellmesberger
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Werke Der Familie Strauss / Ensemble 11
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 594 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 11
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  • 89.
    Karajan Edition - J. Strauss II, et al: Overtures, etc
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66395 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Viennafest - The Music Of Lehar, Lanner, Etc / Kunzel, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80547 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár,  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Tracy Dahl
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 91.
    Johann Strauss Gala / Mehta, Carreras, Et Al
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100025 Release Date: 08/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Andrea Rost
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    A Tribute To Johann Strauss - Echoes From Vienna / Sumi Jo
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 25500 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Sumi Jo
    Conductor:  Rudolf Bibl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    New Year's Concert Vienna 1987 / Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45985 Release Date: 12/08/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 97.
    J. Strauss Jr.: Famous Overtures / Walter, Slovak State
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553936 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    The Best Of Operetta Vol 3
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550943 Release Date: 02/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Carl Zeller,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Zsuzsa Csonka,  Ingrid Kertesi,  János Berkes
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  László Kovács
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Hungarian Operetta Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Art Of Classics - Beruhmte Ouverturen Und Zwischenspiele
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25929 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Zanotelli,  Gunter Neidlinger,  George Randolph Warren,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 100.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Strauss, Brahms, Smetana
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64467 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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