Johann Strauss (1825-1899)

Johann Baptist Strauss, an Austrian composer and conductor, was the most famous member of a signal Viennese family of musicians. Strauss inherited the mantle of "Waltz King" from his father and in 1863 received the official position of "director of the court balls" in Vienna. During the 1860s Strauss composed his most famous waltzes, such as "The Beautiful Blue Danube" (1867). Pushed by Viennese musical impresarios to compete with France's Offenbach, Strauss composed operettas and operas throughout the 1890s. The composer's strength however lay in dance music, which displayed his musical grace and vitality. Sporting dundrearies, Strauss poses here at the Gurney studio in New York.

1880 circa 5 years
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Jeremiah Gurney
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