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Josef Strauss

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Josef Strauss (August 20, 1827 - July 22, 1870) was an Austrian composer. He was fondly referred to as ‘Pepi’ by his family and close friends.

The son of Johann Strauss I and brother of Johann Strauss II and Eduard Strauss, he was born in Vienna. He worked initially as an engineer and designer before joining the family orchestra in the 1850s. His academic achievements at an early age do not point to him being a composer as he was also destined by his father for a career in the Austrian Habsburg military although he flourished as an architect for the Vienna City Council in 1853 and even presented to the Vienna Municipal Council with detailed plans for a street-cleaning machine.

He was clearly reluctant to deputise for his brother Johann Strauss II when his elder brother was taken seriously ill in 1853 as his first ever published work “Die Ersten und Letzten” (The First and the Last) of which the title tangibly displayed signs that he was not intending to maintain that position for long. The waltz-loving Viennese, however, were appreciative of his early waltzes and polkas and he decided to continue plying his trade in the family craft of composing waltzes and other dance music. He married Caroline Pruckmayer at the church of St Johann Nepomuk in Vienna on 8 June 1857 and had only one daughter, Karoline Anna, who was born on 27 March 1858.

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  • Baraqijal

    Plenty of love for Johann Strauss, Jr., not enough love for Josef Strauss. Johann once said of him: "Pepi [Josef] is the more gifted of us two; I am merely the more popular..."

    22 Sep 2010 Reply

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