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Johann Strauss, Jr.:
About Johann Strauss, Jr.

Johann Strauss, Jr. was the son of a very successful violinist and orchestra leader. Eventually, Johann, Jr. was in competition with his father, conducting an orchestra of his own. When the older Strauss died, people began to realize that the son was an even better musician and composer.

Music heard in this episode:
Johann Strauss Jr.: Artistís Life
Johann Strauss Jr.: Anna Polka
Johann Strauss Jr.: Tales from the Vienna Woods
Johann Strauss Jr.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Johann Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltz
Johann Strauss Jr.: Fledermaus Overture
Johann Strauss Jr.: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Other shows about Johann Strauss, Jr.:
Other Members of the Strauss Family
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. Johann Strauss, Sr. did not want his son to become a musician.



2.What was the name of one of Strauss's most famous waltzes?

Musetta's Waltz

Waltz of the Flowers

On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Valse Triste

Waltz from Sleeping Beauty

3. The Strauss orchestra traveled all over the world.




Johann Strauss, Jr.
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

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

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