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Johann Baptist Strauss I.
1804 – 1849

Johann Strauss I (senior) was a 19th century Austrian composer, one of the leading conductors of Viennese light music and the father of Johann II, Josef and Eduard Strauss, all of whom followed in his footsteps.


Working with Joseph Lanner, Strauss began his teenage career and began composing dance music after starting his own orchestra.


In the 1830s and 40s, Strauss toured with his ensemble, performed across Europe and traveled to England.


Strauss never achieved the enduring fame of his eldest son, although many of his waltzes, quadrilles and polkas are still played.

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