Johann Strauss II By: Kyle Elliott
Birthplace &Death place • Johann Strauss II was born on October 25, 1825, in Vienna, Austria. • He was the eldest son of his father, Johann Strauss I, a famous composer and conductor. • His death date was on June 3, 1899.
Early Life • The elder Strauss wanted his son to go in to business, while his mother secretly encouraged the younger Strauss in his adventure in to music. • His mother made arrangements for one of his father’s members in his orchestra to give little Johann lessons without the his Dad knowing. • When the younger Strauss was 19, he put together his own small orchestra and played in a restaurant.
Early Life Continued… • He wrote his first orchestra at the age of 19. • In 1840 when Johann Strauss I left his family Johann Jr. was able to openly pursue his career. • In 1849, his father died and he formed his father’s and his orchestra together.
Influences • His first major influence was his father the elder Johann Strauss II • Johannes Brahms were good friends and they wrote some orchestras.
Popular Songs • Johann came to perform 150 waltzes • Die Fledermaus (1874; The Bat ) • An der schönen blauen Donau (The Blue Danube, 1867) • DerZigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron, 1885) • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPybrOxRoT4
Sources • http://www.johann-strauss.org.uk/composers-a-m.php?id=123 • http://www.notablebiographies.com/St-Tr/Strauss-Johann.html • http://bobjanuary.com/johann2.htm • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPybrOxRoT4 • http://suite101.com/article/the-waltz-king-johann-strauss-junior-and-viennese-music-a300717