Johann Strauss the Elder (1804-1849)
Childhood and Marriage
Johann Strauss, from an early age showed no interest in music, but began his career in 1817 as a bookbinder and this same year took violin lessons and learned music theory from Ignaz von Seyfried. Johann Strauss the Elder, became very talented and joined a short time as a violist to Joseph Lanner, who had founded with the Brothers Drahanek a trio. Strauss befriended his later competitors Lanner quickly.
On September 1, 1825, Strauss separated from Lanner Orchestra. Approximately two and a half years earlier he had met Anna Streim, the daughter of the host “The Red Rooster” in Lichtenthal. Read more