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Johann Strauss, Jr.:
The Waltz

The waltz is a dance in 3/4 time that was very popular in Vienna, Austria in the 19th century. But the roots of the waltz go back to the German Dance of Mozart's day. After the waltz became popular on the dance floor, it moved onto the concert stage, the ballet stage and the opera stage.

Music heard in this episode:
Mozart: Deutscher Tanz
Lanner: Die Romantiker
Johann Strauss Jr.: Vienna Blood
Chopin: Waltz in E-Flat
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Waltz
Ravel: La Valse
Rodgers: Carousel Waltz
Sondheim: A Little Night Music
Johann Strauss Jr.: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Other shows about Johann Strauss, Jr.:
About Johann Strauss, Jr.
Other Members of the Strauss Family
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. The waltz is a dance written in 3/4 time - that is, you can count 1-2-3 as you listen to it.



2.In Vienna, huge halls that held 6,000 people were built for people to waltz in.



3. After Vienna made the form so popular, waltzes were written for orchestras, the ballet and the opera.




Johann Strauss, Jr.
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

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

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