Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899) The genius of Johann Strauss genius lay in his ability to take the popular salon music of Vienna in the early decades of the 19th century – with its clear emphasis on melody and dance rhythms – and convert it into music which not only became fashionable but which in time evolved into high art.
The Beautiful Blue Danube is the most famous waltz in the world for an extremely good reason. Watch André Rieu and his orchestra play this in front of Vienna's Rococo 1,441-room Shönbrunn Palace... and then the dancers come out! Hear CityMusic do this for free (sans dancers) in beautiful, elegant, and acoustically-satisfying venues all around Greater Cleveland Dec. 4 - 8. Schedule @ http://citymusiccleveland.org