About the King of Viennese Waltzes.
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So, there he is , the king of Waltz . Dressed in gold, like a king , with his sceptre - the violin.
There are very few cities in the world that can boast of having their own dance. Vienna has it’s waltz. And it was this man who brought it to perfection.
Johann Strauss Son.
Who was he really? Just the name “son” leads us to the conclusion that there must have been a father with the same name. Johann Strauss’s father was also a renowned musician in his time. The son , the king of the waltz, surpassed by far his father.
Johann Strauss was born in 1825 in Vienna, and believe it or not , composed his first Waltz at the tender age of 6! However , Strauss’s father wanted him to work in a bank. At the age of 19 , Strauss grounded his own Orchestra against his fathers will. He was very successful and even became one of his fathers strongest rivals.
Johann Strauss composed countless waltzes. His most famous one is: “An der schönen blauen Donau" - the lovely blue Danube. This waltz has become the unofficial Austrian national anthem. The Austrians dance every new years eve to this melody. Traditionally , the Viennese Philharmonic ends it’s new years Concert with the blue Danube Waltz ,which is then broadcast around the world.
Johann Strauss even travelled to Russia , Paris and London giving concerts. He was well known throughout Europe. Later on he even travelled to America to give concerts there.
Johann Strauss was married 3 times. For the most part, his wives had a double role - that of wife and manager. His first wife died. He divorced his second wife, who was 25 years his junior. And in order to marry his third wife , he even changed his nationality which caused displeasure in his homeland.
But in the end, he was forgiven by his fellow Austrians and he even received an honorary burial site in the Viennese Central graveyard the famous “Wiener Zentralfriedhof”. Later this golden monument was dedicated to his memory. It is undoubtedly one of the most photographed monuments in the world.
If you now look to your right, you´l see a yellow building, the “Kursalon”. Strauss played and conducted numerous concerts here. Waltz concerts still take place here in Summer.