If it is true that I have talent, I can thank above all my beloved Vienna for it!
Johann Strauss II, son of a musician Johann Strauss I, captured the spirit of waltz like no other composer before or since. He composed as many as 160 waltzes, two of which - 'Blue Danube Waltz and Champagne Waltz' - became worldwide hits. The latter is a tune from his most famous operetta 'Die Fledermaus' (The Bat, 1874), while'Der Zigeunerbaron' (The Gypsy Baron, 1885) ranks second in order of popularity. His other well-known operetta is 'Indigo and Forty Thieves' (1871). An amazingly prolific composer, Strauss Junior wrote altogether 479 dances and 16 operettas and was successful with his elegant melodies not only among fellow composers, but also among the general public.
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