Johann (Baptist) I Strauss

Austrian Born 14 Mar 1804 Died 25 Sep 1849

 

First of the Viennese Strausses famed for their waltzes and light music, Johann Strauss I was father to Eduard, Josef and Johann Strauss II.  His parents intended a career for him as a bookbinder and arranged an apprenticeship for him, but Johann ran away from home.  After his return, his parents agreed to let him study music, starting with lessons in violin and harmony.  Aged 15, he joined an orchestra at a local dance hall and soon rose to conduct the ensembles he had played in.  In 1825 he formed a small ensemble, and began to perform his own works at resorts and social functions.

From 1833 Strauss toured throughout Europe, and in 1845 was appointed conductor of the court balls in Vienna.  His works number over 250, of which 152 are waltzes.

-MIDI FILE - Radetzky March (2'41'')

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