ON THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE DANUBE - Sheet music download

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ON THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE DANUBE, Waltz. Sheet music download.
Johann Strauss Op. 314. Arranged by Gustav Groschwitz.
8 Pages of music.

The is an extract from the Album 'Waltz Strains', Johann Strauss.


JOHANN STRAUSS, born on October 25th, 1825, in Vienna, died there on June 3rd, 1899. He was the eldest son of Johann Strauss, senior (184-1849), one of the most popular German composers of dance music. Having grown up in the stirring times of musical development in which his father wrought his works, and being highly talented, he naturally also chose music for his profession, seeking to emulate his father. At the early age of 19 he formed his own orchestra. When his father died he succeeded him, and with this band of trained musicians successfully undertook numerous concert-tours in Germany, France, England and even in America. The Strauss Concerts proved a great attraction to the musical public in all the countries he visited, the youthful conductor rapidly making a name for himself also as a composer from his very first appearance in public. A great number of his waltzes, such as, for instance, " On the Blue Danube," " Vienna Blood," " Artist's Life," " Stories from the Wienerwald " (Vienna Forest) and many others, became favourites at once and grew more and more popular in an incredibly short time. Young Strauss took up the Vienna Waltz, created by Jos. Lanner, elaborated by Strauss senior who added brilliant melodies in captivating rhythm and rich harmonies—(which waltz, up to the times of Clementi, Beethoven, Schubert had consisted in nothing more than a kind of short dance, composed in song-form, and limited to three movements)— and perfected it, so that he was generally acknowledged the real originator of the true Vienna Waltz, and became known by the popular name of the " Waltz-King." His reputation soon excelled even that of his father, and the number of works he produced (close on 500) also placed him far ahead of his parent. In 1863 he married the singer, Jetti Treffz, and gave over his orchestra to his brother Joseph (1827-187o), whose younger brother Eduard (1835-1916), in his turn, succeeded him in the leadership of the Strauss-Orchestra, which he dissolved in New York in the year 1901 ; this famous orchestra that had stood the test of 78 years. Incited by the success of J. Offenbach and A. Lecocq, Johann Strauss now devoted himself to the composition of operettas. He wrote 16 in all, among which the " Fledermaus " (Night Birds) and the " Gipsy Baron " have, to this day, lost none of their charm and attraction, belonging, as they still do, to the favourite and most popular works of their kind, without which no repertoire can be considered complete. And yet, in spite of all, Johann Strauss, following up his natural bent, returned to his first style of composition, to his favourite dance-music, in which, excelling as he did all other contemporaries, he won for himself the ready and unanimous approbation of his fellow-musicians. Numerous Pieces selected from his operettas, such as overtures, favourite waltz-melodies, quadrilles, etc., still constitute indispensable items on the programmes of our present-day popular concerts. Johann Strauss' melodies go right to the heart of the broad masses of the people,
and they will continue to live as long as there is a " singing and dancing Vienna." It is due to the charm innate in, and characteristic of, his melodies and rhythms that the Austrian, more especially the Vienna, dance-music bears the stamp of that original style so peculiarly its own, and known by the name of " wienerisch " (Viennese). And this it is that will for ever link the name of Johann Strauss imperishably to that of Popular Vienna Music.

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