Josef Strauss

Biography

Born: August 20, 1827; Vienna, Austria   Died: July 22, 1870; Vienna, Austria  
Josef Strauss was born into one of the most famous of Viennese musical families. His father, Johann Strauss (1804-1849), was a violinist in the popular Josef Lanner dance orchestra when he married Maria Anna Streim, and then formed his own orchestra and overtook Lanner in popularity. Johann Sr. was opposed to his children going into music professionally, but he saw to it that the boys became proficient pianists. Although Johann Sr. intended him Read more for the army, Josef studied poetry, art, and engineering. He enrolled in the Vienna Polytechnic for civil engineering and architecture degrees.

Maria Anna suggested that Josef take a position in Johann Jr.'s orchestra, but he turned down the idea, joking that he was too ugly for a career on stage. Furthermore, he was subject to fainting spells and intense headaches. Instead, he made his living as an engineer and designer. Among other things he invented a type of mechanical street-sweeper (which the city of Vienna adopted) and published two mathematical books.

In 1853, Josef conducted the orchestra for a while after Johann Jr. collapsed from overwork. He had an unexpected success and even composed a waltz set, which he hopefully called First and Last Waltzes. After this, too, surprised everyone by becoming highly popular, he wrote another, which he called First Waltz after the Last. When Johann was able to return to work in September, he found that Josef was willing to step in as an assistant at a moment's notice. The brothers were able to do this easily, since they contracted for and advertised that the orchestra would be conducted by "J. Strauss."

By 1856 was Josef ready to join the Strauss organization full-time. He took violin lessons from Franz Amon, Johann Sr.'s old teacher. Josef and Johann pretty much shared the leadership of the orchestra and its business from then until 1862, when they were joined by younger brother Eduard. In 1857 Josef married his childhood sweetheart, Karoline Pruckmayr. He spent all his spare time writing poetry, painting, and composing music, getting little sleep and continually smoking cigars. His waltzes are particularly intriguing. It is obvious that he had a poetic outlook not shared by his more down-to-earth brother. The Viennese loved his chronically pale, romantic appearance. Many of his waltzes have the greatest musical value of any the Strauss family output. He showed the influence of composers from Schubert and Chopin to Liszt and Wagner. Some of his most popular waltzes are Love and Life, Voices of the Times, Music of the Spheres, and Village Swallows from Austria. It is also known that Josef generously allowed Johann to claim as his own some waltzes actually written by Josef. He wrote a serious composition, a tone poem with orchestra called Ode to the Night. It received great critical acclaim, but has been lost.

In 1863 Johann was appointed Imperial and Royal Hofballmusikdirektor, which required him to largely absent himself from the family orchestra. This left Josef to take some of the orchestra's touring assignments, which he hated. He accepted an obligation to take the orchestra to Warsaw in April. There, in June, he suffered a blackout and fell from the podium. He asked to be taken to his home in Vienna, where he died within the month. Read less
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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Karajan 1951-1960: Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Wagner
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 633623   Number of Discs: 12
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Karajan: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, R. Strauss, Opera Arias - 1946-1949
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 633618   Number of Discs: 10
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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    Wedding Celebrations / Bogár, Budapest Strauss Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550900 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jakob Pazeller,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  István Bogár
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strauss Symphony Orchestra
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  • 203.
    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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  • 204.
    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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  • 205.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics Vol 6
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551146 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Josef Strauss,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  András Ligeti,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 206.
    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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  • 207.
    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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  • 208.
    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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  • 209.
    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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  • 210.
    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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  • 211.
    1992 New Year's Concert / Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48376 Release Date: 04/21/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Otto Nicolai
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 212.
    Carlos Kleiber Conducts Johann Strauss
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45938 Release Date: 01/14/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 213.
    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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  • 214.
    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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  • 215.
    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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  • 216.
    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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    New Year's Concert 1989 / Carlos Kleiber, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45564 Release Date: 05/22/1989   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 218.
    New Year's Concert In Vienna / Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419616 Release Date: 08/31/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 219.
    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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  • 220.
    New Year's Concert 1980 / Lorin Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 400040 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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