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Johann Strauss the Younger

Austrian composer Johann Baptist Strauss, also known as Johann Strauss Jr, Johann Strauss the Son, Johann Strauss II and The Waltz King, was born in St Ulrich on 25 October 1825. He was the eldest of Johann Strauss the Elder and Maria Anna Streim's three sons. His younger brothers were Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss.

Although his father didn't want his son to study music, he learnt to play the violin secretly, from Franz Amon, the first violinist in his father's orchestra. Later he also studied with Joachim Hoffmann, Joseph Drechsler and Anton Kollmann.

He found it difficult to perform, initially, because of his father's influence, but he eventually became far better known than his father as a waltz composer, and toured Austria-Hungary, Poland, Germany, Russia and the USA.

Johann Strauss II died in Vienna on 3 June 1899.

A selection of M&V articles about Johann Strauss the Younger

CD Spotlight. Joyous Occasions - Music by members of the Strauss family delights Gerald Fenech. 'A thoroughly stimulating issue, dashingly performed by Estonian forces conducted by the veteran Neeme Järvi ...'

Ensemble. Terrific Movement and Zip - Opera Warwick's 'Die Fledermaus', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Ensemble. Two Bats - 'Die Fledermaus' on Twelfth Night, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. A New Year's Eve with 'Die Fledermaus' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome

Ensemble. The Joy of Operetta - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna for a trilogy of Danube stage works

Ensemble. A Composer's Christmas - The Cann Twins, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Beauty of Tone - Danill Trifonov's prizewinner's concert from the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition, reviewed by Bill Newman

Ensemble. Plenty to Bite Into - Derby Concert Orchestra celebrates Christmas, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Seated on a Cloud - Vadim Gluzman and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, reviewed by Bill Newman

Ensemble. A Total Delight - The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, heard by Lawrence Budmen

Ensemble. In Nimble Fashion - Ohio Light Opera's 'The Queen's Lace Handkerchief', reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

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