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Johann Strauss II
(1825 - 1899)

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1825 Born 25 October, in Vienna; the eldest son of orchestra leader and composer Johann Strauss I
1831 Writes his first waltz tune. Begins violin lessons, in secret because of his father's opposition
1842 His father abandons wife and family for another woman, Emilie Trampusch
1844 After an unhappy period as a bank clerk, Strauss forms his own dance orchestra
1849 Upon his father's death, he merges the latter's orchestra with his own
1853 Brother Josef first conducts the Strauss orchestra
1862 Marries Jetty Treffz, the first of three wives
1871 Brother Eduard takes over as director of court balls
1872 Conducts 20,000 singers and orchestra with 10,000 players in Boston
1874 Composes Die Fledermaus
1899 Dies 3 June, in Vienna
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