10 Interesting Facts about Johann Strauss

Facts about Johann Strauss will give you information about an Austrian composer, violinist, and conductor. He was born on March 14, 1804 in Vienna, Austria. He is known as Johann Strauss I or Johan Strauss Senior (Sr). Besides, he was also famous composers of waltzes (dance music). In the early 19th century, waltz became popular and he wrote many waltzes for the court balls. The
Radetzky-March was his famous tune at that time. It also became a musical symbol of the Habsburgmonarchy power. The other facts about Johann Strauss will be explained below.

Facts about Johann Strauss 1: Family

Johann Strauss’s parents are Franz Borgias Strauss and Barbara Dollmann. His father was born on October 10, 1764 and died on April 5, 1816. Whereas his mother was born on December 3, 1770 and died on August 28, 1811. Both of them were innkeepers. Besides? Strauss also had a Jewish grandfather named Johann Michael Strauss which was born in 1720 and died in 1800).

Facts about Johann Strauss 2: Marriage

Johann Strauss married Maria Anna Streim on July 1825 in the Liechtenthal parish church in Vienna. Unfortunately, their marriage was unhappy. Johann Strauss had three sons and two daughters named Johann Strauss II, Josef Strauss, Eduard Strauss, Anna (born in 1829), and Therese (born in 1831).

Maria Anna Streim
Maria Anna Streim

Facts about Johann Strauss 3: All of his children are musicians

Johann Strauss forbade all of his sons to be a musician. He wanted Johan II to study banking, Josef to have a military career, and Eduard to join the Austrian consulate. However, his children didnt follow his father’s rule. They all became musicians.

Facts about Johann Strauss 4: Johann Strauss II

Johann Strauss II was born on October 25, 1825 in Vienna and died on June 3, 1899. He is the eldest child of Johann Strauss I. He followed his father to be composer, violinist, and conductor. He also wrote many waltzes, quadrilles, and another dance tunes. Like his father, he was also known as The Waltz King.

Johann Strauss II
Johann Strauss II

Facts about Johann Strauss 5: The famous works of Johann Strauss II

There are many famous works of Johann Strauss II. They are Kaiser-Walzer, the Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, The Blue Danube, and Tales from the Vienna Woods. Whereas The Gypsy Baron and Die Fledermaus are the best operettas of him.

Facts about Johann Strauss 6: Josef Strauss

The First and the Last was the first work of Josef Strauss which was published. He also joined with the family orchestra and wrote manu waltzes.

Facts about Johann Strauss 7: Eduard Strauss

Eduard Strauss is different with his brothers. He prefers to be dance music conductor than as a major composer.

Facts about Johann Strauss 8: Tour

As we know that Strauss was one of the best composers in Vienna. He also toured in many countries, including Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and Britain. Besides, he was invented to play music in the accession of Queen Victoria to the throne and her coronation.

The Royal Request
The Royal Request

Facts about Johann Strauss 9: The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March was named
after Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz. As we know that it became the most famous piece of Johann Strauss. Spontaneously, the audiences clapped and stamped their feet when the Radetzky March was played in front of Austrian officers. Besides, it also became the tradition until now.

Facts about Johann Strauss 10: Death

Johann Strauss died on September 25, 1849 in Vienna when he was 45 years old. It was because of scarlet fever. He was buried at Vienna Central Cemetery, Vienna, Austria.

The grave of Johann Strauss
The grave of Johann Strauss

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