There are an awful lot of Strausses in German music (and I include Austrian in that category though purists would say I probably shouldn’t). Johann Strauss was a very successful Viennese band leader and composer who was instrumental in the development of the Waltz, a sexually revolutionary dance where couples actually danced in a (gasp) closed position.
Being such a dangerous degenerate he was of course wildly popular and toured with his band all over Europe and even performed at Queen Victoria’s coronation.
Like most successful Rock Stars the last thing he wanted was for his own (legitimate) family to follow in his footsteps of constant adulation and debauchery so for his sons he selected the professions of military and foreign service, and banking,
After he acknowledged his libertine ways by recognizing one of his illegitimate daughters, his wife divorced him and Junior, the banker, was free to take up his own musical career for which his father never forgave him.
While never quite as popular during his father’s lifetime as his Dad, Junior was quite popular indeed and soon had a band of his own. When there was a revolution in Vienna in 1848 Junior sided with the Revolutionaries while Dad supported the Monarchy. Junior was arrested for playing The Marseillaise in public, no doubt as part of his father’s Paris-Walzer which used the theme because Junior frequently performed Dad’s music.
Senior died the year after that and Junior took over his band. When, after 4 years of constant touring, he took a little mental vacation, he recruited his brothers to run the band while he was resting.
Junior eventually eclipsed his father in fame and composed and performed constantly until his death at the turn of the century. He was so influential that Hitler, rather than admit Junior’s Jewish heritage, had his birth records stolen and famously declared, “I decide who is Jewish.”
See, he was a deciderer too.
Any way tonight’s piece is Weiner Blut Op. 354, posted by TheWickedNorth.