Radetzky-Marsch : Work information
- Johann (Baptist) I Strauss ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Guth (Conductor)
- Work name
- Work number
- Op. 228
- 1848-00-00 02:00:00
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- Alan Peters
- Dick Lewzey
- Recording date
Johann (Baptist) I Strauss
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.
JohannI Strauss I is chiefly remembered as the father of JohannI Strauss II, though he contributed many popular waltzes, galops and marches. His most famous work is undoubtedly the Radetzky-Marsch, named after the preserver of the Habsburg Empire, Marshall Radetzky, who helped quash the revolutions of 1848. This lively march is traditionally played as an encore at the annual Vienna New Year's Day concert; the audience are usually encouraged to clap along in the outer sections.