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Romanticism music: what it? Johann Strauss and his Russian love of

Jack is included into restaurant - and what restaurant without music? Even if it is restaurant of the steamship “Titanic“ … And here the spaceship flies, it all moves away from the blue planet further - it is majestic frames from the movie of Kubrick “A space Odyssey of 2001“. Also it flies under music of a waltz of Strauss too - younger “On beautiful blue Danube“.

The long and fine scene from much the famous movie is inconceivable without Shtrausov (about it is a bit later). Such is this waltz - the informal anthem of Austria. It sounds right after New year on the state television, it sounds in all concerts.

By the way, in the very first time the public accepted it enough cool. Words of the author are known. Which, apparently, was not discouraged at all: “The hell with him, with a waltz, and here the code is sorry for me - I would like its success“ (a code - a work ending). But the success in result happened to all waltz.

So, Johann Strauss Jr. was born on October 25, 1825 and was an eldest son of the father Johann Strauss - the senior. The father forbade children to practise music, especially - playing a violin. Johann is alienated to study commerce. However as well as his father, the son felt internal need to practise music. And especially - playing a violin. Supported him and mother is a great guitarist. to

the Competitor


Yes, Strauss - the father left a family, having created another. But surprising business: three children from first marriage continued business of the father. And the senior still collected and published all fatherly music. But he became also the main competitor of Johann Strauss - the senior.

Here he writes the father: “ Dear father, I completely realize that as the devoted son who is sincerely esteeming both the father, and mother, I cannot take part in your so sadly developed relationship which led my feelings of filial love and gratitude to deep contradiction. That is why I decided to use talent by which development I am obliged to my mother who is at present without support and means of livelihood to thank her moderately my modest opportunities …“.

And whether it is easy to be the father`s competitor? Whether it is easy to be the head of an orchestra in general? Under the terms - on each ball it had to bring the new composition. That is almost daily. Johann brought - and quality did not suffer.

of the Fairy tale of the Vienna wood

On the one hand - the valley of Danube with its vineyards, around - the Alps, the foothills. The Vienna wood is a fairy tale. And in honor of this fairy tale Strauss wrote a waltz. It is one of the well-known waltzes of Johann Strauss - younger. Then there was a play with the name of the same name, further - movies and animated films. These are waltzes. And there are also operettas. The best-known - “Bat“ and “The Gipsy baron“. The operetta - the first Vienna - Jacques Offenbach advised to write to Strauss in Paris.

the Russian love

Olga Smirnitskaya - not the last in the list of those whose parents also could not think that marriage with the foreigner can once become prestigious. Some foreigner moreover and musician! Yes to our daughter asks in marriage! Yes never! Olga is the general daughter.

There was a Pole under the name “Olga“. Also there was a waltz - “Farewell to St. Petersburg“. And in the 20th century the movie with the same name - “Farewell to St. Petersburg“ is shot (the USSR, 1971, the director Jan Fried). There is also a book devoted to this love story: Eigner Thomas, “Johann Strauss - Olga Smirnitskaya. 100 letters on love. Documentary novel“.

Olga composes music too - generally romances, they are even published. “Olga, why such grief? How it was possible to write such music in 17 years? You very much suffered, expensive?“ - Johann exclaimed - younger, first time having heard Olga`s romance. Strauss even shifted several romances of Olga for an orchestra and executed them in Pavlovsk.

Within 10 years Johann Strauss works in Russia - every summer gives constant concerts in Pavlovsk, near St. Petersburg. The Pavlovsk station became “national philharmonic hall“. In Russia Pavlovsk inhabitants nicknamed him Ivan Straus, and he even responds. So write also on posters: “Ivan Straus with the orchestra acts“.

Strauss executes the music - and music of the Russian composers. Especially he loved Glinka. They have and “one melody for two“. It is a sad story. The melody was “brought“ by the messenger of the Persian shah who arrived “to settle“ affairs with Griboyedov`s murder. This melody was used by Strauss in “The Persian march“ and Glinka in “Ruslan and Lyudmila“ when it was necessary to designate one east image. Strauss for the first time and work to nobody executed the famous young official - the lawyer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

The fees were very big. Sometimes Strauss endowed money - for example, in favor of widows and orphans of the died soldiers. Now in Pavlovsk there is a monument to Johann Strauss - younger.

About Eduard and Josef Strausach there is any more no opportunity to tell in detail. And they composed too. Residents of Vienna even already also did not ask: what Strauss author of this waltz. The main thing - Strauss...

The spaceship by the Blue planet under Johann Strauss`s music - younger “On beautiful blue Danube“ flies. This music is replaced by other tremendous music. And the author of this everything the known music is called - difficultly to believe - Strauss. This is Richard Strauss, he is not a relative Vienna Shtrausam. But it is music which is already known by one and all, even without suspecting about it! So it happened: they are connected by one surname (in the Russian pronunciation), then one movie. But it is different Shtrausa.

About the German romantic Richard Strauss, about that As As Zarathustra spoke, it will be possible to read next time.