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Johann Strauss, Jr.:
Other Members of the Strauss Family

Johann Strauss, Sr. had three musical sons: Johann, Jr.; Josef; and Eduard. Sometimes they worked together as musicians, but other times, there was bitter rivalry.

Music heard in this episode:
Johann Strauss Sr.: Radetzky March
Johann Strauss Sr.: Erinnerung an Berlin
Johann Strauss Sr.: Neue Melodien Quadrille
Johann Strauss Jr.: Voices of Spring
Josef Strauss: Angelika Polka
Johann Strauss Jr. and Josef Strauss: Pizzicato Polka
Eduard Strauss: Behn Frei Polka
Johann Strauss Jr., Josef Strauss, Eduard Strauss: Schutzen-Quadrille

Other shows about Johann Strauss, Jr.:
About Johann Strauss, Jr.
The Waltz
Musical Conversation

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About Johann Strauss, Jr.
10/25/1825 - 6/3/1899
Born in Austria

Johann Strauss, Jr. was born in Vienna, where his father was an enormously famous musician. When the elder Strauss decided that Johann, Jr. should be a banker, his mother encouraged him to go into music.

When he was 19, Johann Strauss, Jr. started his own orchestra, and conducted his first public concert. Eventually, people began to realize that the younger Strauss was even better than his father.

Strauss toured internationally with his orchestra. And everywhere he went, he wrote new music dedicated to the places he visited. In addition to all the waltzes and marches he wrote, Johann Strauss, Jr. composed 16 operettas -- a very popular form of entertainment in his day.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. What city did the Strauss family live in?






2.The Strausses conducted by using their violin bows and their bodies instead of a baton.



3. Johann Strauss Jr.s brothers were

Eduard and Josef

Charles and Andrew

Maxwell and John

Lawrence and James


Johann Strauss, Jr.
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Composed in 1858
Performed by CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra
Ondrej Lenard, conductor

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