or may refer to any of at least five classical composers:
1. Johann Strauss II (October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899), Austrian composer, the son of Johann Strauss I (who was actually against his son’s career as a musician) and also known as “the Waltz King”. He revolutionized the waltz, elevating it from a lowly peasant dance to entertainment fit for the imperial Habsburg court. Most famous works include “The Blue Danube”, “Wein, Weib und Gesang”, “Tales from the Vienna Woods”, “Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka”, the “Kaiser-Walzer”, and the operetta “Die Fledermaus”.
2. Richard Strauss (June 11, 1864 – September 8, 1949), German composer of the late romantic era, no relation to the Austrian Strausses, and best known for the composition “Also Sprach Zarathustra”. Although not as well known as Johann Strauss II in popular culture, he is considered the greater composer by many serious students of classical music.
3. Johann Strauss I (March 14, 1804 – September 25, 1849), father of Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss. His most famous piece is probably the Radetzky March (named after Joseph Radetzky von Radetz) whereas his most famous waltz is probably the Lorelei Rhine Klänge op. 154.
4. Josef Strauss (August 20, 1827 - July 22, 1870), son and brother respectively of Johann Strauss I and II.
5. Eduard Strauss (15 March 1835 – 28 December 1916) was an Austrian composer who, together with brothers Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss formed the Strauss musical dynasty. The family dominated the Viennese light music world for decades, creating many waltzes and polkas for Austrian emperors and their courtiers. He was affectionately known in his family as ‘Edi’.
Edited by kyo7x on 24 Dec 2010, 12:31
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