It is raining and we are happy!
Today’s song was written by Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899) and is titled Tales from the Vienna Woods. It is song number 85 in the countdown of 100 Classical Songs. And don’t forget, at the bottom of each page on johnsthewritestuff.com there is a music player that will play all of your favorites, one after the other.
According to biography.com, Johann Strauss, often referred to as Johann Strauss II, was born in 1825 in Austria. His father, Johann Strauss the Elder, was a self-taught musician who established a musical dynasty in Vienna, writing waltzes, galops, polkas and quadrilles and publishing more than 250 works. Johann the Younger went on to write more than 500 musical compositions, 150 of which were waltzes, and he surpassed both his father’s productivity and popularity.
Compositions such as The Blue Danube helped establish Strauss as “the Waltz King” and earned him a place in music history. And contrary to what Tchaikovsky may have said once, Strauss was not a louse. He was a kind, sensitive man. I mean, just look at the care he took with his sideburns.
Some of you hardcore readers may remember last year when I started posting all of this music. I have re-done This Beatles medley a few times. It’s getting better all the time.
And last but not least, a re-make of Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.