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When the elder Strauss died from scarlet fever in Vienna in 1849, the younger Strauss merged both their orchestras and engaged in further tours. [2] Later, he also composed a number of patriotic marches dedicated to the Habsburg Emperor Franz Josef I , such as the "Kaiser Franz-Josef Marsch" Op. 67 and the "Kaiser Franz Josef Rettungs Jubel-Marsch" Op. 126, probably to ingratiate himself in the eyes of the new monarch, who ascended to the Austrian throne after the 1848 revolution. [2]

The thrice-married 'Waltz King' was persuaded to compose operetta, not by Offenbach, as often stated, but by his first wife, the singer Jetty Treffz. Strauss completed sixteen stage works, of which Die Fledermaus (The Bat, 1874) and Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron, 1885) remain the most popular and more than five hundred orchestral compositions - including the most famous of all waltzes, An der schönen blauen Donau (The Blue Danube, 1867). Johann Strauss II died in Vienna on 3 June 1899.

The secret of playing Strauss

According to André, playing a Strauss waltz well is tricky: "It is a real piece of art if you can make a waltz sound like it is the easiest piece of music to play, because it's really not."

Schani, Johan Strauss Jr., is forced by his father to forget music and to work in a bakery. Here he falls in love with Resi. The girl gets very jealous when a rich and beautiful contessa asks Schani to write a waltz for her. Schani writes and plays it, but he is always loyal to his girlfriend. Written by Claudio Sandrini <[email protected]>


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