Johann Strauss II

Fun Facts

  • Known as "The Waltz King," Strauss was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in the 19th century.

  • As a boy, Strauss was beaten by his father for practicing the violin.

  • Strauss and his famous traveling orchestra toured Europe and the United States, to great acclaim.

  • Strauss was composing a ballet, Aschenbrödel, but he died before it was completed.

  • His smash hit, The Blue Danube, originally had words and was a complete flop...until Strauss changed it to an instrumental piece.

  • Strauss and his father were intense rivals.

  • Strauss composed his first waltz at just six years old.

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