Friday, January 23, 2009

Classical Masterpieces of All Times- Johann Strauss II

Johann Strauss II

Johann Strauss II in his younger years

The Waltz King coming to life in Stadtpark, Vienna

The Blue Danube - Johann Strauss II

Johann Strauss II

Johann Strauss II (October 25, 1825 - June 3, 1899) was an Austrian composer famous for having written over 500 waltzes, polkas, marches and galops. He was the son of the composer Johann Strauss I, and brother of composers Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss. He is also the most famous member of the Strauss family. He was known in his lifetime as "The Waltz King," and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century. He revolutionized the waltz, elevating it from a lowly peasant dance to entertainment fit for the royal Habsburg court. His works enjoyed greater fame than his predecessors, such as Johann Strauss I and Josef Lanner.

Strauss studied counterpoint and harmony with theorist Professor Joachim Hoffman, who owned a private muic school. His talents were also recognized by composer Josef Drechsler who taught him exercises in harmony. Strauss Jr, would eventually surpass his father's fame and become one of the most popular of waltz composers of the era, extensively touring Austria, Poland and Germany with his orchestra. Strauss was diagnosed with pneumonia in the spring of 1899 and died on June 3, 1899 at the age of 73.

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Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Classical Music/Waltz/Classical Masterpieces


Unknown said...

I really love listening to a Strauss Waltz. Thanks for sharing this with us Mel.
I would be very happy for you to feature my work on your blog.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi John,
I would love to feature your works. I am already preparing the post that I will make. Thanks for your visit and wonderful comments. God bless you always.

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