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Hooked on Strauss Waltzes

  • Sep 11, 2009
When I was just a child we drove about 3 hours to get to the famous Lake Toba. On the winding road it was Johann Strauss waltz which was played in the car repeatedly and every single piece on that cassette was a familiar reminder of my childhood weekends and the beautiful lake. That cassette was that of Mantovani & his orchestra.


I managed to find some videos from YouTube with music by Mantovani but the sound quality isn't good. I do still have Mantovani's music in my iPod which is a lot better. However, for the purpose of this review, I'm going to include the famous Blue Danube, Johann Strauss' best piece of music. I found a video by another orchestra which is equally good (although due to my first exposure, I still very much like Mantovani's version).


Other delightful waltz by Johann Strauss are:
  • Tales from the Vienna Woods
  • Voices of Spring
  • Emperor Waltz
  • Roses from the South





Johann Strauss Junior remains my most favorite classical musician. 
Hooked on Strauss Waltzes

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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Johann Strauss Junior (October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899) was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King", and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century.

Strauss was the son of Johann Strauss I, another composer of dance music. His father did not wish him to become a composer, but rather a banker; however, the son defied his father's wishes, and went on to study music with the composer Joseph Drechsler and the violin with Anton Kollmann, the ballet répétiteur of the Vienna Court Opera. Strauss had two younger brothers, Josef and Eduard Strauss, who became composers of light music as well, although they were never as well-known as their elder brother.

Some of Johann Strauss's most famous works include the waltzes The Blue DanubeKaiser-WalzerTales from the Vienna Woods, the Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, and the Pizzicato Polka. Among his operettas, Die Fledermaus and Der Zigeunerbaron are the most well-known. 
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