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The Era of the Waltz King It was none other than the soulful haunting melodies derived from the aura of the most beautiful romantic city in the world that inspired me to research into the history of one of the most loved composers of all time The king of Waltz is none other than Johann Strauss Jr who captivated and swept audiences of all ages into the irrestible passion for dance I have always been enchanted by the mesmerizing piece of music known as the Blue Danube and have decided to broaden my knowledge on one of my favourite composers of which who has composed approximately 550 fabulous pieces Stevens2004 Johann Strauss was born on October 25 1825 to Johann Strauss Sr and Anna Streim Hood1996 He was one of the six children and the middle child born to the couple Johann Strauss Jr was named in honour of his prestigious father Hood1996 Johanns father was a severe drunkard who loathed his sons passion and skill for music His mother Anna a gifted guitarist in her husbands orchestra secretly arranged for Johann to learn from one of his fathers orchestra conductors Franz Ammon Ammon soon realized that despite his tedious efforts the young Strausss musical ability surpassed his own He recommended that Strauss Jr learn from another talented musician Fantelpg Ebsco database His father meanwhile on his rare visits was agitated to discover that each time he arrived Johann Strauss Jr was getting better and composing his own music It must have startled his very jealous father to discover that Johann Strauss Jr had actually composed his first waltz at the mere age of six Ebsco databaseHis father took it into his head to try to beat the music out of Johann by whipping him brutally and forbidding Johann to play any
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