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
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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Vienna Premiere Vol 1 / Rothstein, Johann Strauss Orchestra
Release Date: 07/06/2009   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8381   Number of Discs: 1
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Vienna Premieres Vols. 1, 2 & 3 / Rothstein, Johann Strauss Orchestra
Release Date: 07/26/2011   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10684   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 51.
    Vienna Premiere Vol 3 / Rothstein, London Viennese Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9127 Release Date: 02/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Karl Millöcker  ... 
    Conductor:  Jack Rothstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viennese Orchestra of London
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  • 52.
    New Year's Concert 2004 / Riccardo Muti, Vienna Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474900 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Lanner,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    The Strauss Album / Warren-green, Johann Strauss Orchestra
    Label: Black Box   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduard Strauss
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    Unter Donner & Blitz / Alt Wiener Strauss Ensemble
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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  • 57.
    New Year's Concert 2000 / Guth, Strauss Festival Orchestra
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47604 Release Date: 03/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna
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  • 58.
    New Year's Concert 2000 / Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67323 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Franz von Suppé,  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Strauss Family: Waltzes, Etc / Guth, Royal Po
    Label: Platinum Entertainment   Catalog: 2815 Release Date: 09/22/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    André Rieu In Concert
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 534266 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  André Rieu,  Robert Stolz,  G. Peter  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Falize,  Frédéric Jenniges
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Radetzky-marsch - Favorite Showpieces For Brass / Jeitler
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 140 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Mühlberger,  Julius Fucik,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jeitler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Young Brass Philharmonic
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  • 64.
    New Year's Concert 1996 / Maazel, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68421 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 65.
    1995 New Year's Concert / Mehta, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66860 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Top 20 - The Very Best Of Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80401 Release Date: 09/27/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Brad Fiedel,  Traditional,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Muckenfuss,  Paul Patterson,  Jeanne Dulaney,  Tim Berens  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Central State University Chorus
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  • 67.
    Salonmusik / Die Berliner
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 126901 Release Date: 09/19/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Franz Lehár,  Oscar Fetras,  Clemens Schmalstich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Berliner
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  • 68.
    Lso Classic Masterpieces - A Viennese New Year Concert
    Label: Imp Classics   Catalog: 1089 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduard Strauss,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  John Georgiadis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Sträusse Aus Wien / Kamu, Swedish Radio So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 645 Release Date: 01/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  Elisabeth Berg,  Stefan Dahlberg,  Ulf Forsberg
    Conductor:  Okko Kamu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    A Musical Train Ride Vol 2 / Eichenholz, Slovak State PO
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223471 Release Date: 10/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fahrbach, Philipp, Sr.,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Eduard Strauss,  Joseph Gungl  ... 
    Conductor:  Mika Eichenholz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Railway Music Vol. 1
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223470 Release Date: 10/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Traugott Grahl,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Mika Eichenholz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 73.
    The Telarc Collection Vol 9
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89109 Release Date: 06/29/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phil Moore,  Clifford Brown,  Mel London,  Stefan Schyga  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanie Bryson,  John Heard,  Ahmad Jamal,  Yoron Israel  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Martin Pearlman,  Yoel Levi,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slide Hampton/Jazz Masters,  Azuza Pacific University Choir,  Central State University Chorus  ... 
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  • 74.
    Ein Straussfest II / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80314 Release Date: 03/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Cincinnati Chorale
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  • 75.
    Soirée Dansante / Wildner, Johann Strauss Ensemble
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 291931 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Eduard Strauss
    Performer:  Johannes Wildner
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Strauss Ensemble
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