Johan Strauss Jr.'s music remains incredibly popular. His famous Blue Danube Waltz is the most licensed classical music track in our library beating even Vivaldi's Four Seasons in popularity. Its most famous use as soundtrack is as the main motif in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. More recently, it's been used in The Book Thief (2013) and episodes of the Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants and Boardwalk Empire. It's so well known that it can get put into a comedy scene for kitsch value or play against a slapstick or mock violent scene.
Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood) has a famous melody that you'll certainly recognize (the melody enters around the :50 mark of our recording). As soundtrack, it was lampooned in the Tom and Jerry cartoon episode, "Johann Mouse" but was used more seriously as the main theme in Alfred Hitchcock's film, Suspicion. It also makes a short appearance in Titanic, the blockbuster movie of 1997.
Johann Strauss (1825-1899) was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 400 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King", and was largely then responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century.
Strauss was the most sought-after composer of dance music in the latter half of the 19th century. The German operetta composer Jacques Offenbach, who made his name in Paris, was his only challenge in the operetta field.
Johannes Brahms was a personal friend of Strauss; the latter dedicated his waltz "Seid umschlungen, Millionen!" ("Be Embraced, You Millions!"), to him. A story is told in biographies of both men that Strauss's wife Adele approached Brahms with a customary request that he autograph her fan. It was usual for the composer to inscribe a few measures of his best-known music, and then sign his name. Brahms, however, inscribed a few measures from the "Blue Danube", and then wrote beneath it: "Unfortunately, NOT by Johannes Brahms."
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|Blue Danube Waltz||The Blue Danube Waltz was an immediate hit for Johan Strauss Jr. The orchestral version was first performed at the Paris Worlds Fair of 1867 and was hugely successful. The popularity continues to this day...||
|Wiener Blut||Wiener Blut - Waltz for Orchestra, Op. 354. Composer: Johan Strauss Jr. (1825 - 1899). There are several sections to this piece. The most famous melody initially begins around the 50 second mark of this recording...||
|Egyptian March||Egyptian March, Op. 335. Composer: Johan Strauss Jr. (1825 - 1899)||