- NAME: Johann Strauss
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter
- BIRTH DATE: October 25, 1825
- DEATH DATE: June 03, 1899
- Did You Know?: Johann Strauss's father was also a famous composer, but the younger Strauss eclipsed his father's fame.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Vienna, Austria
- PLACE OF DEATH: Vienna, Austria
- Nickname: The Waltz King
- Full Name: Johann Strauss
- Nickname: The Younger
- AKA: Johann Baptist Strauss
- AKA: Johann Strauss II
- Nickname: Johann Strauss the Younger
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Austrian composer Johann Strauss surpassed his father, Johann Strauss the Elder's popularity and productivity, becoming known as the "Waltz King."
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His operettas include Indigo und die vierzig Räuber (1871; his first) and Die Fledermaus (1874), which would become his most famous. But his waltzes—of which there were 150, less than a third of his total output—would have truly lasting appeal.
An der schönen blauen Donau (The Blue Danube; 1867) would be the piece that defined Strauss to the listening public,
and the work still resonates 150 years later. Other Strauss waltzes include Morgenblätter (Morning Papers; 1864), Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods; 1868) and Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song; 1869).
On the heels of his American tour and his international rise, Strauss encountered his share of loss in the 1870s: His mother and brother Josef died around the same time, and his wife died of a heart attack in 1878. Strauss married two more times and remained productive right up until his final days. He was working on a ballet, Cinderella, when a respiratory illness turned into pneumonia and caused his death, on June 3, 1899, in Vienna.
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