Eduard Strauss

Biography

Born: March 15, 1835; Vienna, Austria   Died: December 28, 1916; Vienna, Austria  
The youngest son of Johann Strauss I, Eduard Strauss followed his father and two older brothers into music. He was one of the best-trained of the family members, but in many ways the least successful. His dance pieces are not as highly regarded as those of his brothers, and long-running family feuds compromised his work with his brothers' orchestras.

Eduard was adept in languages and anticipated a career in the Austrian consular service,
Read more but family pressure pushed him toward a music career. He studied theory, violin, piano, and harp. His debut in 1855 came as a harpist in one of his brother Johann's waltzes. Stage fright brought a premature end to his career as an orchestral harpist, yet he was not too timid to play with and conduct his family's dance orchestras; indeed, he developed a reputation as a martinet on the podium.

Eduard began conducting the main Strauss orchestra in early 1861, and was an immediate success. The following year he was applauded in the Viennese press for his agility and confidence. Yet his performances in 1865 seemed to misfire, and he began to squabble with his brothers over business matters to such an extent that he almost withdrew from music entirely. Even so, he took control of the Strauss orchestra upon brother Josef's death in 1870. That had been the year Josef and Eduard organized a series of concerts in the newly opened Goldene Saal of Vienna's Musikverein, a controversial move for a venue dedicated to art music. Yet the Strauss family's dance pieces attracted huge audiences, and concerts eventually included more serious contemporary works.

Eduard wrote his best music during the 1870s and 1880s, yet it rarely sold well, much to Johann's secret satisfaction (the unpopularity of Eduard's music meant he had to play more of Johann's works). It was as conductor of the Strauss orchestra that Eduard enjoyed his only real success, touring across two continents (the second being North America) and performing in 840 towns over the years. In 1901, after a three-month tour of the United States, he disbanded the orchestra in New York and retired from public life.

Although he was devoted enough to his family's legacy to publish a detailed catalog of the Strauss archive in 1901, Eduard was sufficiently embittered to burn that archive in 1907, earning him the eternal enmity of Strauss aficionados. Read less
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  • 26.
    Vienna Premiere Vol 1 / Rothstein, Johann Strauss Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8381 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Millöcker,  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Jack Rothstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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  • 27.
    The Golden Age Of The Concert Band / United States Air Force Heritage Of America Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT17628 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Fillmore,  Franz von Suppé,  Edwin Franko Goldman,  Herman Bellstadt  ... 
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  • 28.
    New Year's Concert 2000
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47604 Release Date: 10/20/2008  
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strauss Festival Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Strauss Family: Waltzes / Guth, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28150 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Wienerwalzer Paprika / Antal Dorati
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434338 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Ultimate Strauss Family - Waltzes, Marches And Polkas / Boskovsky, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001158602 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 32.
    New Year's Concert In Vienna 1991 / Abbado, Vienna Phil
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431628 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Josef Strauss,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Rosen Aus Dem Suden / Willi Boskovsky, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 425429 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Wien Bleibt Wien / Thomas Christian Ensemble
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6031466 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Lanner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Thomas Christian Ensemble
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  • 35.
    New Year's Concert In Vienna 1979 / Boskovsky, Vienna PO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448572 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    New Year's Concert Of Postage Stamps / Angerer, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 246 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Angerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concilium Musicum
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  • 37.
    Gruss An Wien - New Year's Concert In Vienna
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47709 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Ildikó Raimondi
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna
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  • 38.
    Alt-wiener Strauss Ensemble - 25th Anniversary
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2005 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Lehár,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Ruth Ingeborg Ohlmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 39.
    2006 New Year's Concert / Jansons, Vienna Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775566 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Strauss Highlights Vol 3 / Alt-wiener Strauss Ensemble
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2003 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    2003 New Year's Concert - Berlioz, Strauss, Delibes
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2006 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Theresa Ullrich
    Conductor:  Ralph Kulling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 43.
    Strauss Highlights Vol 2 / Alt Wiener Strauss Ensemble
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2002 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Arthur Kulling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 44.
    Strauss Highlights Vol 1 / Alt Wiener Strauss Ensemble
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2001 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Arthur Kulling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 45.
    2005 New Year's Concert / Maazel, Vienna Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775366 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  J. "Pepi" Hellmesberger,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    The Strauss Family In London / Georgiadis, London So
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6691 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Johann M.E. Strauss
    Conductor:  John Georgiadis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Eduard Strauss Orchestra
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  • 47.
    A Strauss Celebration / Rothstein, Johann Strauss Orchestra
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6687 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Jack Rothstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna
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  • 48.
    The Strauss Album / Warren-Green, Johann Strauss Orchestra
    Label: Asv   Catalog: 2157 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna
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  • 49.
    New Year's Eve Concert 2004 / Muti, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000189209 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Lanner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Johann Strauss II: Waltzes, Polkas, etc / Tovey, et al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5856332 Release Date: 02/03/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss
    Conductor:  Bramwell Tovey,  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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