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The Legacy of Johann Strauss
Political Influence and Twentieth-Century Identity


  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108400909

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  • To this day, Johann Strauss, Jr remains one of the most popular composers in his native city of Vienna. In The Legacy of Johann Strauss, Zoë Alexis Lang examines how the reception of Strauss's waltzes played a key role in the construction of twentieth-century Austrian identity. Using press coverage from the centennial celebration of Strauss's birth in Vienna, Lang argues that his music remained popular because it continued to be revitalised by Austrians seeking to define their culture. Revealing the origins of the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Concert, Lang considers how Strauss was appropriated as a National Socialist icon in the 1930s and 1940s, and explores the Strauss family's Jewish ancestry, along with the infamous forgery of paperwork about their lineage during the 1940s. This book also includes a case study of Strauss's Emperor Waltz, considering its variegated usage in concerts and films from 1925 to 1953.

    • Ties the reception of Johann Strauss, Jr to twentieth-century Austrian history
    • Includes previously unpublished documents about Johann Strauss, Jr, translating the material into English for the first time
    • Offers a summary of the key contributions by the Strauss family to nineteenth-century musical life
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108400909
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 11 tables 11 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Johann Strauss, Jr's biography: facts and fictions
    2. The Strauss, Jr centennial (1925)
    3. Johann Strauss, Jr as German
    4. Johann Strauss, Jr as Jew
    5. The Emperor Waltz in the twentieth century: a case study
    Appendix A. Articles published during the 1925 Strauss, Jr centennial
    Appendix B. Listing of official events for the 1925 Strauss, Jr centennial
    Appendix C. Four Philharmonic Academy concerts, 1940–1941 season.

  • Author

    Zoë Alexis Lang, University of South Florida
    Zoë Alexis Lang is Assistant Professor of musicology in the School of Music at the University of South Florida. She graduated in 2005 from Harvard University with a dissertation that examined the importance of Johann Strauss, Jr in conceptions of Austrian identity during the interwar period. Her article about Johann Strauss, Sr's Radetzky March appeared in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association. Her research has been funded by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the National Endowment of the Humanities. Beyond Strauss and Austrian identity, her other research interests include the phenomenon of Hausmusik in German culture and popular music during the First World War.

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