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Johann Strauss II



Johann Strauss II

1820-1900-Romantic PeriodOctober 25, 1825 - Johann Baptist Strauss was born1862-Married Henrietta Treffz1863-Johann became music director of the Royal Court Balls 1878 - Henrietta Treffz dies1878 (six weeks later) - He married Angelika DittrichThe Roman Cathoilc Church would not allow them a divorce in 1887 - The couple switched religions to Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and got a divorce August 1887 - He married Adele Deutsh June 3, 1899- Johann Strauss dies

Johann Baptist Strauss II was born in Ulrich, Vienna, he is the son of Marie Anne Streim and composer Johann Strauss I. He had two brothers, Eduard Strauss and Josef Strauss. His father did not want him to follow in his footsteps, he wanted him to be a banker. Strauss Sr. did not want him to live the harsh life of a musician. So Johann studied violin secrelty as a child. When his father discoverd him, he gave him a severe whipping, wanting to beat the music out of him. When his father abandoned the family for his mistress, Johann was able to study music with full support from his mother. Johann died in Vienna, and was burried in Zentrafriedhof.

His Career

The Romantic Period


The Waltz King

The Blue Danube

1820-1900The Romantic is the most expressive and emotional musical time period. New instruments were added to the orchestra to create different sounds, to create different moods. Ballets and operas became popular at this time. Harmonies became richer and more complex. The piano became more developed and more popular.

My animation is about a cat and mouse living under the same roof. One day, the mouse is hungry, so he waits for the cat to fall asleep so that he can get some food from the kitchen. When he gets to the kitchen, he sees a brick of cheese bugger than he is. Greedy, the mouse tries to roll the cheese over to take it to his home. He accidentaly knocks it over, waking the cat. The cat enters the kitchens, sees the mouse, and tries to pounce on him, Luckily the mouse is quick, he moves away just in time, climbs up the table, and jumps out the window. Dissapointed, the cat walks back to his napping corner, upset with himself, and goes back to sleep.

Strauss wrote over 400 waltzes, his most famous waltz is The Blue Danube. Written to celebrate the River Danube that flows through Vienna, it was premiered as a choral piece on February 13, 1867 at a concert of the Vienna Men's Choral Association. Strauss adapted it into a purely orchestral version for the World's Fair in Paris that same year, and it this form that it is best known today. The piece's popularity grew after it was used in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Blue Danube was used on a very dramatic scene in this movie and at the ending credits. It was also used in a dramatic scene in the 2003 film Super Size Me. The Blue Danube is populary played in dramatic scenes in movies now adays. It is also known as Austria's unnofficial national anthem.

Operas became popular during this muic period. Johann Strauss is known as the most famous Austrian opera composer. Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus ("The Bat") is the world's most-performed opera. Strauss is also famous for composing orchestral music in various dance forms, including marches, polkas, and (especially) waltzes, the most famous example happens to be the Blue Danube.

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For every special occasion, Strauss created a special piece which delighted everyone who heard it. Strauss was not just popular to the Viennese,he did concert tours to heighten his fame, by means of press reports of his succes that would the Austrian capital. Strauss made several guest appearances in the Russian town of Pavlovsk. He also went on a major tour through the United States. Strauss was friends with some of the "serious" musicians of his day, some of them held him in high regard. Strauss found his early years as a composer difficult, but he soon won over audiences after accepting commissions to perform away from home. When his father died from scarlet fever in Vienna in 1849, the younger Johann merged both their orchestras and engaged in further tours.


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