A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Johann Strauss

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October 25, 1825: Johann Baptist Strauss is born at Lerchenfelderstraße 15 in Vienna, Austrian Empire, the eldest of six children born to Johann Strauss, Sr., composer, conductor, and violinist, and Maria Anna Streim, daughter of an innkeeper. This blessing comes less than four months after the couple are married.
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November 1, 1837: Johann Strauss Sr. leads his orchestra in a performance of his Viennese waltzes in Paris before an appreciative audience which includes Luigi Cherubini (77), Daniel Auber (55), Giacomo Meyerbeer (46), Fromental Halévy (38), Adolphe Adam (34) and Hector Berlioz (33).
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August 3, 1844: Johann Strauss (18) applies to the Vienna authorities for a license “to hold musical entertainments.”
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September 5, 1844: The City Council of Vienna grants Johann Strauss (18) the right to form an orchestra to play in restaurants.
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October 15, 1844: Johann Strauss (18) debuts as conductor, in opposition to his father’s popularity, at Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing with a program including first performances of the waltzes Sinngedichte op.1 and Gunst-Werber Waltz op.4 as well as the Debut Quadrille op.2 and Herzenslust Polka op.3. He is a complete success.
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November 19, 1844: The Serail-Tänze waltz op.5 and the Cytheren-Quadrille op.6 by Johann Strauss (19) are performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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January 22, 1845: Die jungen Wiener op.7, a waltz by Johann Strauss (19), is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing. Also premiered is his Elfen-Quadrille op.16.
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February 3, 1845: Faschings-Lieder op.11, a waltz by Johann Strauss (19), is performed for the first time, at the Goldener Strauß, Vienna.
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July 5, 1845: Jugend-Träume op.12, a waltz by Johann Strauss (19), is performed for the first time, at the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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July 20, 1845: Sträußchen op.15, a waltz by Johann Strauss (19), is performed for the first time, at the Goldener Strauß, Vienna.
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July 21, 1845: Czechen-Polka op.13 by Johann Strauss (19) is performed for the first time, at the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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August 18, 1845: Patrioten-Marsch op.8 by Johann Strauss (19) is performed for the first time, in Vienna. Also premiered is his waltz Berglieder op.18.
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October 15, 1845: The Dämonen-Quadrille op.19 of Johann Strauss (19) is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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November 9, 1845: Quadrille nach der Oper Der Liebesbrunnen von M.W. Balfe op.10 by Johann Strauss (20), is performed for the first time, in Vienna.
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November 23, 1845: Die Österreicher op.22, a waltz by Johann Strauss (20), is performed for the first time, at the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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January 24, 1846: Jux-Polka op.17 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, at the Goldener Strauß, Vienna.
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January 28, 1846: Serben-Quadrille op.14 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, at the Goldene Birne, Vienna.
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February 23, 1846: Zeitgeister Waltz op. 25 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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April 19, 1846: Austria-Marsch op.20 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, in Vienna.
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April 26, 1846: Fidelen-Polka op.26 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, at Goldener Strauß, Vienna.
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May 28, 1846: Lind-Gesänge op.21, a waltz by Johann Strauss (20), is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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June 16, 1846: Pesther Csárdás op. 23 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, in Ofen.
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July 2, 1846: Franz Liszt (34) joins with Johann Strauss Sr. in an outdoor concert in Vienna.
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July 13, 1846: Odeon-Quadrille op.29 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, in the Odeon, Vienna.
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August 5, 1846: Die Zillerthaler Waltz op.30 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, at Tivoli, Vienna.
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September 9, 1846: Die Sanguiniker Waltz op.27 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, at the Wasserglacis, Vienna.
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September 12, 1846: Hopser-Polka op.28 by Johann Strauss (20) is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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November 15, 1846: Quadrille nach Motiven der Oper Die Belagerung von Rochelle op.31 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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November 25, 1846: Die Jovialen op.34, a waltz by Johann Strauss (21), is performed for the first time, in the Goldener Strauß, Vienna.
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January 2, 1847: Irenen Waltz op.32 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in Ungarisch-Altenburg.
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January 27, 1847: Architecten-Ball-Tänze op.36, a waltz by Johann Strauss (21), is performed for the first time, in the Goldener Strauß, Vienna.
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January 30, 1847: Industrie-Quadrille op.35 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in Baden bei Wien.
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February 3, 1847: Bachus-Polka op.38 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in the Goldener Strauß, Vienna.
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February 8, 1847: Explosions-Polka op.43 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in the Goldener Strauß, Vienna.
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February 10, 1847: Wilhelminen-Quadrille op.37 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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February 15, 1847: Seladon-Quadrille op.48 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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March 27, 1847: Slaven-Potpourri op.39 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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June 16, 1847: Alexander-Quadrille op.33 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in Vienna.
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June 19, 1847: Sängerfahren op.41, a waltz by Johann Strauss (21), is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna.
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July 18, 1847: Quadrille nach Motiven aus der Oper Die Königin von Leon op.40 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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July 26, 1847: Ernte-Tänze, op.45, a waltz by Johann Strauss (21), is performed for the first time, in Brigittenau.
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August 22, 1847: Wilde Rosen op.42, a waltz by Johann Strauss (21), is performed for the first time, in Gasthaus Kwiatkowsky.
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August 29, 1847: Fest-Marsch op.49 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, in Gasthaus Kwiatkowsky.
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September 1, 1847: Fest-Quadrille op.44 by Johann Strauss (21) is performed for the first time, at the Wasserglacis, Vienna.
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September 18, 1847: Dorfgeschichten op.47, a waltz by Johann Strauss (21), is performed for the first time, at the Wasserglacis, Vienna.
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May 28, 1848: Two works by Johann Strauss (22) are performed for the first time, in Casino Zögernitz, Vienna: Freiheitslieder op.52, a waltz, and Revolutions-Marsch op.54.
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June 3, 1848: Two works by Johann Strauss (22) are performed for the first time, in Vienna: Studenten-Marsch op.56 at the Alte Universität, and Liguorianer-Seufzer op.57, a scherzpolka, at the Blaue Flasche Coffee House.
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August 15, 1848: Brünner-Nationalgarde-Marsch op.58 by Johann Strauss (22) is performed for the first time, in Brünn (Brno).
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August 22, 1848: Austrian soldier Johann Strauss, Jr. (22), while standing guard for the government on the Karmeliterplatz, is warned that workers in the Leopoldstadt might march on his position. Unable to bring himself to fire upon those whose cause he espouses, he goes home to his mother, eats supper, and does some composing until all is quiet again. He will never be prosecuted.
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December 3, 1848: Johann Strauss, Jr. (23) conducts the Marseillaise at a concert the day after the accession of Emperor Franz Joseph.
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December 6, 1848: Johann Strauss, Jr. (23) is detained and interrogated by the police for playing the Marseillaise at a concert on 3 December. He claims that if he had not played it, the audience would have attacked him.
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December 14, 1848: Geißelhiebe op.60, a polka by Johann Strauss, Jr. (23), is performed for the first time, at the Grünes Thor.
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December 26, 1848: Neue Steiersche Tänze op.61 by Johann Strauss, Jr. (23) are performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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February 10, 1849: Fantasie-Bilder op.64, a waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr. (23), is performed for the first time, in Dommayer’s Casino, Heitzing.
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February 13, 1849: Des Wanderers Lebwohl op.237 by Johann Strauss, Jr. (23) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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April 30, 1849: At a state ball in Buckingham Palace, the Alice-Polka op.238 by Johann Strauss, Jr. (23) is performed for the first time. It was written in honor of Queen Victoria’s six-year-old daughter.
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September 17, 1849: Aeols-Töne op.68, a waltz by Johann Strauss (23), is performed for the first time, at the Wasserglacis, Vienna.
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September 25, 1849: Josef Strauss finds the body of his father, Johann Strauss Sr., dead of scarlet fever, naked on the floor of his lodgings which he shared with his mistress Emilie Trampusch. She has taken all his clothes, bedding and as much of their belongings as she can carry.
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September 27, 1849: A funeral for Johann Strauss, Sr. is held at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. His mortal remains are laid to rest at Döbling. The total of all in the cathedral and en route to the cemetery number 100,000 people, one-fifth of the city’s population.
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October 7, 1849: Johann Strauss, Jr. (23) conducts his father’s orchestra for the first time, in the Kolonadensaal of the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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November 25, 1849: Künstler-Quadrille op.71 by Johann Strauss (24) is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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November 28, 1849: Scherz-Polka op.72 by Johann Strauss (24) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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January 13, 1850: Sophien-Quadrille op.75 by Johann Strauss (24) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 16, 1850: Frohsinns Spenden op.73, a waltz by Johann Strauss (24), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 19, 1850: Lava-Ströme op.74, a waltz by Johann Strauss (24), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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June 25, 1850: Wiener Garnison-Marsch op.77 by Johann Strauss (24) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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July 6, 1850: Maxing-Tänze op.79, a waltz by Johann Strauss, (24) is performed for the first time, in Villa Maxing.
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July 8, 1850: Heiligenstädter Rendezvous-Polka op.78 by Johann Strauss (24) is performed for the first time in Kugler.
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July 16, 1850: Luisen Sympathie-Klänge op.81, a waltz by Johann Strauss (24), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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July 22, 1850: Heski Holki Polka op.80 by Johann Strauss (24) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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July 28, 1850: Johannis-Käferln op.82, a waltz by Johann Strauss (24), is performed for the first time, in Casino Zögernitz, Vienna.
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August 18, 1850: Bonvivant-Quadrille op.86 by Johann Strauss (24) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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September 16, 1850: Heimaths-Kinder op.85, a waltz by Johann Strauss (24), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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October 6, 1850: Ottinger Reiter-Marsch op.83 by Johann Strauss (24) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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December 31, 1850: Hirten-Spiele op.89, a waltz by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 4, 1851: Maskenfest-Quadrille op.92 by Johann Strauss (25) is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 10, 1851: Orakel-Sprüche op.90, a waltz by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 17, 1851: Slaven-Ball-Quadrille op.88 by Johann Strauss (25) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 18, 1851: Aurora-Ball-Tänze op.87, a waltz by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 26, 1851: Rhadamantus-Klänge op.94, a waltz by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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May 23, 1851: Promenade-Quadrille op.98 by Johann Strauss (25) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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June 13, 1851: Idyllen op.95, a waltz by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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June 14, 1851: Herrmann-Polka op.91 by Johann Strauss (25) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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July 7, 1851: Kaiser-Jäger-Marsch op.93 and the waltz Gambrinus-Tänze op.97 by Johann Strauss (25) are performed for the first time, in the Bierhalle Fünfhaus, Vienna.
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August 22, 1851: Viribus unitis op.96, a march by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna for the 21st birthday of the Kaiser.
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August 27, 1851: Frauenkäferln op.99, a waltz by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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October 3, 1851: Vivat! op.103, a quadrille by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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October 12, 1851: Mephistos Höllenrufe op.101, a waltz by Johann Strauss (25), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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January 10, 1852: Windsor-Klänge op.104, a waltz by Johann Strauss (26), is performed for the first time, in the Palais Coburg, Vienna.
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February 3, 1852: Fünf Paragraphe aus dem Walzer-Codex op.105 by Johann Strauss (25) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 4, 1852: Harmonie-Polka op.106 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna. Also premiered is Strauss’ Tête-à-tête-Quadrille op.109.
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February 7, 1852: Johann Strauss (26) makes his first appearance as director of Imperial Court Balls. His Hofball-Quadrille op.116 is performed for the first time.
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February 11, 1852: Electro-magnetische-Polka op.110 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 16, 1852: Die Unzertrennlichen op.108, a waltz by Johann Strauss (26), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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March 21, 1852: Großfürsten-Marsch op.107 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in the Esterhazy Palace.
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May 14, 1852: Lumenfest-Polka op.111 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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June 18, 1852: Liebes-Lieder op.114, a waltz by Johann Strauss (26), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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July 5, 1852: Lockvögel op.118, a waltz by Johann Strauss (26), is performed for the first time, in Bierhalle Fünfhaus, Vienna.
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July 16, 1852: Melodien-Quadrille op.112 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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July 24, 1852: Annen-Polka op.117 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in “Zum wilden Mann”, Vienna.
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July 26, 1852: Sachsen-Kürassier-March op.113 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in Bierhalle Fünfhaus, Vienna.
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August 14, 1852: Wiener Jubel-Gruß-Marsch op.115 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in the Stephansplatz, Vienna.
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August 30, 1852: Volkssänger op.119, a waltz by Johann Strauss (26), is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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September 24, 1852: Nocturne-Quadrille op.120 by Johann Strauss (26) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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November 24, 1852: Zehner-Polka op.121 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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December 26, 1852: Indra-Quadrille op.122 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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January 17, 1853: Phönix-Schwingen op.125, a waltz by Johann Strauss (27), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna. Also premiered is Strauss’ Freuden-Gruß-Polka op.127.
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January 18, 1853: Solon-Sprüche op.128, a waltz by Johann Strauss (27), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 25, 1853: Aesculap-Polka op.130 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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January 26, 1853: Satanella-Quadrille op.123 and Satanella-Polka op.124 by Johann Strauss (27) are performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 31, 1853: Motor-Quadrille op.129 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 7, 1853: Wiener Punch-Lieder op.131, a waltz by Johann Strauss (27), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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March 6, 1853: Kaiser Franz Josef I. Rettungs-Jubel-Marsch op.126 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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May 1, 1853: Veilchen-Polka op.132 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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June 14, 1853: Caroussel-Marsch op.133 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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June 28, 1853: Vermählungs-Toaste op.136, a waltz by Johann Strauss (27), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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July 15, 1853: Tanzi Bäri op.134, a polka by Johann Strauss (27), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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July 18, 1853: Knall-Kügerln op.140, a waltz by Johann Strauss (27), is performed for the first time, in the Bierhalle Fünfhaus, Vienna.
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August 1, 1853: Pepita-Polka op.138 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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September 18, 1853: Wiedersehens-Polka op.142 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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October 9, 1853: Kron-Marsch op.139 by Johann Strauss (27) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna. Also premiered is Strauss’ Wellen und Wogen waltz op.141.
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December 2, 1853: Schnee-Glöcken op.143, a waltz by Johann Strauss (28), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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January 31, 1854: Novellen op.146, a waltz by Johann Strauss (28), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 7, 1854: Schallwellen op.148, a waltz by Johann Strauss (28), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 14, 1854: Bürger-Ball-Polka op.145 and Musen-Polka op.147 by Johann Strauss (28) are performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 21, 1854: Carnevals-Specktakel-Quadrille op.152 by Johann Strauss (28) is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s Colosseum, Vienna.
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February 23, 1854: La Viennoise op.144, a polka-mazurka by Johann Strauss (28), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 27, 1854: Ballg’schichten op.150, a waltz by Johann Strauss (28), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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April 27, 1854: Myrthen-Kränze op.154, a waltz by Johann Strauss (28), is performed for the first time, in the Hofburg, Vienna for the wedding of Emperor Franz Joseph II to Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria, directed by the composer.
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May 7, 1854: Elisen-Polka française op.151 by Johann Strauss (28) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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May 28, 1854: Erzherzog Wilhelm Genesungs-Marsch op.149 by Johann Strauss (28) is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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July 30, 1854: Nordstern-Quadrille op.153 by Johann Strauss (28) is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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August 17, 1854: Haute-volée-Polka op.155 by Johann Strauss (28) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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August 28, 1854: Nachtfalter op.157, a waltz by Johann Strauss (28), is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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October 12, 1854: Napoleon-Marsch op.156 by Johann Strauss (28) is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s Collosseum, Vienna.
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November 27, 1854: Schnellpost-Polka op.159 by Johann Strauss (29) is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s Collosseum, Vienna.
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December 26, 1854: Alliance-Marsch op.158 by Johann Strauss (29) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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January 23, 1855: The waltz Panacea-Klänge op.161 and the Souvenir-Polka op.162 by Johann Strauss (29), are performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 29, 1855: Leopolderstädter Polka op.168 by Johann Strauss (29) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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January 30, 1855: Glossen op.163, a waltz by Johann Strauss (29), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 31, 1855: Handels-Elite-Quadrille op.166 by Johann Strauss (29) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 11, 1855: Ella-Polka op.160 by Johann Strauss (29) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 12, 1855: Sirenen op.164, a waltz by Johann Strauss (29), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 14, 1855: Aurora-Polka op.165 by Johann Strauss (29) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 19, 1855: Man lebt nur einmal! op.167, a waltz in the style of a ländler by Johann Strauss (29), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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June 4, 1855: Bijouterie-Quadrille op.169 by Johann Strauss (29) is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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July 1, 1855: Nachtveilchen op.170, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (29), is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino.
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July 17, 1855: Freuden-Salven op.171, a waltz by Johann Strauss (29), is performed for the first time, at the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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October 15, 1855: Gedanken auf den Alpen op.172, a waltz by Johann Strauss (29), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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December 16, 1855: Marie Taglioni Polka op.173 and the polka-mazurka Le Papillon op.174 by Johann Strauss (30) are performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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January 7, 1856: Armen-Ball-Polka op.176 by Johann Strauss (30) is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s Collosseum, Vienna.
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January 8, 1856: Erhöhte Pulse op.175, a waltz by Johann Strauss (30), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 14, 1856: Juristen-Ball-Tänze op.177, a waltz by Johann Strauss (30), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 21, 1856: Sans-Souci-Polka op.178 by Johann Strauss (30) is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s Collosseum, Vienna.
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January 28, 1856: Abschieds-Rufe op.179, a waltz by Johann Strauss (30), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 29, 1856: Libellen op.180, a waltz by Johann Strauss (30), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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June 26, 1856: Großfürstin Alexandra Waltz op.181 by Johann Strauss (30) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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August 14, 1856: The polka L’Inconnue op.182 and the waltz Krönungslieder op.184 by Johann Strauss (30), are performed for the first time, in Pavlosvsk.
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September 25, 1856: Krönungs-Marsch op.183 by Johann Strauss (30) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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October 13, 1856: Strelna Terrassen-Quadrille op.185 by Johann Strauss (30) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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January 20, 1857: Paroxysmen op.189, a waltz by Johann Strauss (31), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 21, 1857: Demi-Fortune op.186, a polka française by Johann Strauss (31), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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January 27, 1857: Controversen op.191, a waltz by Johann Strauss (31), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 2, 1857: La Berçeuse op.194, a quadrille by Johann Strauss (31), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 3, 1857: Herzel-Polka op.188 by Johann Strauss (31) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 11, 1857: Une Bagatelle op.187, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (31), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 17, 1857: Phänomene op.193, a waltz by Johann Strauss (31), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 23, 1857: Wien, mein Sinn! op.192, a waltz by Johann Strauss (31), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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May 3, 1857: Etwas Kleines op.190, a polka française by Johann Strauss (31), is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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September 6, 1857: The waltz Telegrafische Depeschen op.195 and the quadrille Le beau monde op.199, by Johann Strauss (31), are performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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January 19, 1858: Vibrationen op.204, a waltz by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 25, 1858: L’Enfantillage op.202, a polka française by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 26, 1858: Die Extravaganten op.205, a waltz by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 27, 1858: Hellenen-Polka op.203 by Johann Strauss (32) is performed for the first time, in the Palais Sina, Vienna.
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January 31, 1858: Spiralen op.209, a waltz by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 2, 1858: Künstler-Quadrille op.201 by Johann Strauss (32) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 9, 1858: Cycloiden op.207, a waltz by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 10, 1858: Concordia op.206, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 15, 1858: Jux-Brüde op.208, a waltz by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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August 10, 1858: Fürst Bariatinsky-Marsch op.212 by Johann Strauss (32) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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August 12, 1858: Champagner-Polka op.211 by Johann Strauss (32) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 5, 1858: Abschied von St. Petersburg op.210, a waltz by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk. Also premiered is Bonbon-Polka op.213.
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September 23, 1858: Gedankenflug op.215, a waltz by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 30, 1858: La Favorite op.217, a polka-française by Johann Strauss (32), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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November 24, 1858: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka op.214 by Johann Strauss (33) is performed for the first time, in “Zum großen Zeisig,” Vienna.
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January 25, 1859: Hell und Voll op.216, a waltz by Johann Strauss (33), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 31, 1859: Irrlichter op.218, a waltz by Johann Strauss (33), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 8, 1859: Promotionen op.221, a waltz by Johann Strauss (33), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 22, 1859: Auroraball-Polka op.219 by Johann Strauss (33) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 27, 1859: Schwungräder op.223, a waltz by Johann Strauss (33), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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March 7, 1859: Deutsche op.220, a waltz by Johann Strauss (33), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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May 1, 1859: Nachtigall-Polka op.222 by Johann Strauss (33) is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino, Vienna.
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July 21, 1859: Polka Maurka champêtre op.239 by Johann Strauss (33) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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July 23, 1859: Niko-Polka op.228 and Jäger-Polka op.229 by Johann Strauss (33) are performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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August 13, 1859: Dinorah-Quadrille op.224 by Johann Strauss (33) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk. Also premiered is Strauss’ Der kobold op.226, a polka mazur.
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September 29, 1859: Gruß an Wien op.225, a polka française by Johann Strauss (33), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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November 20, 1859: Reiseabenteuer op.227, a waltz by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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January 11, 1860: Kammerball-Polka op.230 by Johann Strauss (34) is performed for the first time, in the Hofburg, Vienna.
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January 24, 1860: Lebenswecker op.232, a waltz by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 31, 1860: Sentenzen op.233, a waltz by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 14, 1860: Accelerationen op.234, a waltz by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 20, 1860: Immer heiterer op.235, a waltz im Ländlerstyle by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 26, 1860: Taubenpost op.237, a polka française by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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April 18, 1860: Orpheus-Quadrille op.236 by Johann Strauss (34) is performed for the first time, in “Zum großen Zeisig,” Vienna.
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May 6, 1860: Die Pariserin op.238, a polka française by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in Ungers Casino.
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October 2, 1860: Maskenzug-Polka op.240 by Johann Strauss (34) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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October 4, 1860: Schwärmereien op.253, a concert waltz by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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October 14, 1860: Fantasieblümchen op.241, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (34), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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January 15, 1861: Dividenden op.252, a waltz by Johann Strauss (35), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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January 22, 1861: Thermen op.245, a waltz by Johann Strauss (35), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 28, 1861: Wahlstimmen op.250, a waltz by Johann Strauss (35), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 29, 1861: Camelien-Polka op.248 by Johann Strauss (35) is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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February 4, 1861: Klangfiguren op.251, a waltz by Johann Strauss (35), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 6, 1861: Rokonhangok op.246, a polka française by Johann Strauss (35), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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February 6, 1861: Hesperus-Polka op.249 by Johann Strauss (35) is performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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February 7, 1861: Grillenbanner op.247, a waltz im Ländlerstil by Johann Strauss (35), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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March 17, 1861: Neue Melodien-Quadrille op.254 by Johann Strauss (35) is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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April 4, 1861: Perpetuum mobile, op.257, a musical joke by Johann Strauss (35), is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s Colosseum, Vienna.
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May 26, 1861: St. Petersburg Quadrille op.255a by Johann Strauss (35) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk. Also premiered is Veilchen op.256, a mazur nach russichen Motifen.
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August 27, 1861: Secunden-Polka op.258 by Johann Strauss (35) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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August 31, 1861: Orchestral excerpts from Richard Wagner’s (48) Tristan und Isolde are heard for the first time (save the prelude) in an outdoor performance in the Vienna Volksgarten, conducted by Johann Strauss (35).
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September 14, 1861: Furioso-Polka op.260 by Johann Strauss (35) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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October 8, 1861: Chansonette-Quadrille op.259 by Johann Strauss (35) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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January 28, 1862: Die ersten Curen op.261, a waltz by Johann Strauss (36), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 29, 1862: Concurrenzen op.267, a waltz by Johann Strauss (36), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 4, 1862: Colonnen op.262, a waltz by Johann Strauss (36), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 10, 1862: Motoren op.265, a waltz by Johann Strauss (36), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 24, 1862: Studenten-Polka op.263 and the waltz Patronessen op.264 by Johann Strauss (36) are performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 26, 1862: Lucifer-Polka op.266 by Johann Strauss (36) is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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March 3, 1862: Wiener Chronik op.268, a waltz by Johann Strauss (36), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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March 8, 1862: Un ballo in maschera op.272, a quadrille by Johann Strauss (36), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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August 27, 1862: 08:00 Johann Strauss (36) marries Henriette Carolina Josepha Chalupetzky (Jetty Treffz), a singer and mistress to Baron Moritz Tedesco (and mother of the Baron’s two daughters), in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna. The ceremony is witnessed only by the groom’s mother and his publisher, Carl Haslinger.
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November 22, 1862: Demolirer Polka op.269 and the waltz Carnevals-Botschafter op.270 by Johann Strauss (37) are performed for the first time, in the Sperl Ballroom, Vienna.
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November 23, 1862: Bluette op.271, a polka française by Johann Strauss (37), is performed for he first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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January 19, 1863: Leitartikel op.273, a waltz by Johann Strauss (37), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 25, 1863: Johann Strauss, Jr. (37) is named Hofball-Musik-Direktor on his third try.
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March 19, 1863: Patrioten-Polka op.274 by Johann Strauss (37) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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May 11, 1863: Lieder-Quadrille op.275 by Johann Strauss (37) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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August 18, 1863: Invitation à la Polka Mazur op.277 by Johann Strauss (37) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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August 29, 1863: Bauern-Polka op.276 by Johann Strauss (37) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 27, 1863: Neues Leben op.278, a polka française by Johann Strauss (37), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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January 12, 1864: Morgenblätter op.279, a waltz by Johann Strauss (38), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 18, 1864: Juristen-Ball op.280, a polka by Johann Strauss (38), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 19, 1864: Vergnügungszug op.281, a polka by Johann Strauss (38), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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January 26, 1864: Gut bürgerlich op.282, a polka française by Johann Strauss (38), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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January 31, 1864: Studentenlust op.285, a waltz by Johann Strauss (38), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 2, 1864: Patronessen-Polka op.286 by Johann Strauss (38) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 28, 1864: Deutscher Krieger-Marsch op.284 by Johann Strauss (38) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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April 11, 1864: Verbrüderungs-Marsch op.287 by Johann Strauss (38) is performed for the first time, in the Königliches Schauspielhaus, Berlin.
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May 5, 1864: Saison-Quadrille op.283 by Johann Strauss (38) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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July 11, 1864: Persischer Marsch op.289 by Johann Strauss (38) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 19, 1864: Quadrille sur des airs française op.290 by Johann Strauss (38) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 27, 1864: Newa-Polka française op.288 by Johann Strauss (38) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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October 2, 1864: Aus den Bergen op.292, a waltz by Johann Strauss (38), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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October 8, 1864: ‘s giebt nur a Kaiserstadt, ‘s giebt nur a Wien op.291, a polka by Johann Strauss (38), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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January 24, 1865: Feuilleton Waltz op.293 by Johann Strauss (39) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 31, 1865: Process-Polka op.294 by Johann Strauss (39) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 7, 1865: Bürgersinn op.295, a waltz by Johann Strauss (39), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 14, 1865: Electrofor-Polka op.297 by Johann Strauss (39) is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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February 20, 1865: Episode op.296, a polka française by Johann Strauss (39), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 22, 1865: Hofballtänze op.298, a waltz by Johann Strauss (39), is performed for the first time, in the Hofburg, Vienna.
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July 7, 1865: L’Africaine op.299, a quadrille by Johann Strauss (39), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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August 22, 1865: Kinderspiele op.304, a polka française by Johann Strauss (39), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 5, 1865: Kreuzfidel op.301, a polka française by Johann Strauss (39), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 11, 1865: Characteristic Dances for orchestra by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (25) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk, conducted by Johann Strauss, Jr. (39). It is the first work of Tchaikovsky to be performed in public.
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September 14, 1865: Bal champêtre op.303, a quadrille by Johann Strauss (39), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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October 1, 1865: Die Zeitlose op.302, a polka française by Johann Strauss (39), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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January 17, 1866: Flugschriften op.300, a waltz by Johann Strauss (40), is performed for the first time, in the Hofburg, Vienna.
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January 24, 1866: Bürgerweisen op.306, a waltz by Johann Strauss (40), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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January 28, 1866: Wiener Bonbons op.307, a waltz by Johann Strauss (40), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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January 29, 1866: Par force! op.308, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (40), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 6, 1866: Damenspende op.305, a polka française by Johann Strauss (40), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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August 21, 1866: Tändelei, op.310, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (40), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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November 18, 1866: Express-Polka schnell op.311, the waltz Feen-Märchen op. 312, and the polka française Wildfeuer op.313 by Johann Strauss (41) are performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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February 12, 1867: Telegramme op.318, a waltz by Johann Strauss (41), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 15, 1867: An der schönen blauen Donau for chorus by Johann Strauss (41) to words of Weyl is performed for the first time, by 1,200 male voices in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna. It is a failure and receives mixed reviews.
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February 17, 1867: Lob der Frauen op.315, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (41), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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February 18, 1867: Künstlerleben op.316, a waltz by Johann Strauss (41), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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March 10, 1867: The instrumental version of the waltz An der schönen blauen Donau op.314 by Johann Strauss (41) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna. Also premiered are Strauss’ polka française Postillon d’amour op.317 and the polka schnell Leichtes Blut op.319.
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July 30, 1867: Figaro-Polka op.320 by Johann Strauss (41) is performed for the first time, in Paris.
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October 7, 1867: Festival-Quadrille op.341 by Johann Strauss (41) is performed for the first time, in Covent Garden, London.
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January 19, 1868: Stadt und Land op.322, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, in the Gartenbau, Vienna.
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February 4, 1868: Die Publizisten op.321, a waltz by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 11, 1868: Ein Herz, ein Sinn op.323, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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February 16, 1868: Unter Donner und Blitz op.324, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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June 19, 1868: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald op.325, a waltz by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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July 27, 1868: Freikugeln op.326, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, in the Festhalle des Schützenfestes im Prater, Vienna.
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September 3, 1868: Le premier jour de bonheur op.327, a quadrille by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, in the Gartenbau, Vienna.
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October 12, 1868: The choral version of Sängerslust op.328, a polka française by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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October 15, 1868: The instrumental version of Sängerslust op.328, a polka française by Johann Strauss (42), is performed for the first time, at the Cursalon in Vienna.
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January 26, 1869: Illustrationen op.331, a waltz by Johann Strauss (43), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 2, 1869: Wein, Weib und Gesang! op.333, a choral waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr. (43), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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March 16, 1869: Eljen a Magyar! op.332, a schnell-polka by Johann Strauss (43), is performed for the first time, in Pest. Also premiered is the instrumental version of Strauss’ waltz Wein, Weib und Gesang! op.333.
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April 4, 1869: Königslieder op.334, a waltz by Johann Strauss (43), is performed for the first time, in the Gartenbau, Vienna.
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July 6, 1869: Egyptischer Marsch op.335 by Johann Strauss (43) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 6, 1869: Im Krapfenwald’l op.336, a polka française by Johann Strauss (43), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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September 22, 1869: Louischen-Polka française op.339 by Johann Strauss (43) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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October 5, 1869: Slovianka-Quadrille op.338 by Johann Strauss (43) is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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October 10, 1869: Von der Börse op.337, a polka française by Johann Strauss (43), is performed for the first time, in Pavlovsk.
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January 15, 1870: Freuet euch des Lebens! op.340, a waltz by Johann Strauss (44), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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February 13, 1870: Neu Wien op.342, a waltz for male chorus and orchestra by Johann Strauss (44), is performed for the first time, in the Dianabadsaal, Vienna.
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January 12, 1871: The request of Johann Strauss, Jr. (45) to be released from his position as Hofballmusik-Direktor is granted by Emperor Franz Joseph. The grounds of the request are ill health, but he probably wants to devote himself more to stage composition. Strauss is awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Franz Joseph.
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February 7, 1871: Shawl-Polka française op.343 by Johann Strauss (45) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 10, 1871: Indigo und die vierzig Räuber, an operetta by Johann Strauss (45) to words of Steiner, is performed for the first time, before a glittering audience in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna. The evening is a smashing success and is seen as the opening night of the golden age of Viennese operetta.
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February 14, 1871: Auf freiem Fuße op.345, a polka française by Johann Strauss (45), is performed for the first time, in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.
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March 5, 1871: Indigo-Quadrille op.344 by Johann Strauss (45) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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March 12, 1871: Ruhe, schönstes Glück der Erde D.657 for male vocal quartet by Franz Schubert (†42) is performed for the first time, in the Vienna Musikverein. Also premiered is Tausend und eine Nacht op.346, a waltz by Johann Strauss (45).
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April 9, 1871: Indigo-Marsch op.349 by Johann Strauss (45) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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May 19, 1871: Im Sturmschritt op.348, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (45), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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June 2, 1871: Aus der Heimath op.347, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (45), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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June 16, 1871: Lust’ger Rath op.350, a polka française by Johann Strauss (45), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna. Also premiered is Strauss’ Die Bajadere op.351, a polka schnell.
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September 15, 1871: Fest-Polonaise op.352 by Johann Strauss (45) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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June 13, 1872: Johann Strauss (46) arrives in New York aboard SS Rhein from Bremerhaven after a 13-day crossing along with his wife, valet, maid, and dog. He is headed to Boston to conduct at the Boston Peace Festival.
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June 17, 1872: The World Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival opens in Boston. Among those who will perform over the next two weeks are Johann Strauss (46) and his orchestra, the Garde Republican Band of France, the English Grenadier Guards Band, and the Kaiser Franz Grenadiers Band from Germany. 19,000 players and singers will take part in a 100,000 seat structure.
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September 12, 1872: Russische Marsch-Fantasie op.353 by Johann Strauss (46) is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s “Neue Welt”, Vienna.
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September 17, 1872: Im russischen Dorfe op.355, a fantasie by Johann Strauss (46), is performed for the first time, in Baden-Baden.
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March 1, 1873: Der Carneval in Rom, an operetta by Johann Strauss (47) to words of Braun after Sardou, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna to great success.
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March 9, 1873: Emperor Franz Joseph II of Austria-Hungary refuses to approve the petition of Josef Ritter von Scherer to bequeath his title to his stepdaughter’s husband, Johann Strauss (47).
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April 6, 1873: Vom Donaustrande op.356, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (47), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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April 22, 1873: Wiener Blut op.354, a waltz by Johann Strauss (47), is performed for the first time, at a ball to celebrate the wedding of the daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph to Prince Leopold of Bavaria in the Musikverein, Vienna. It is conducted by the composer.
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July 3, 1873: Rotunde-Quadrille op.360 by Johann Strauss (47) is performed for the first time, in the Musikpavillon bei der Rotunde im Prater, Vienna.
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July 9, 1873: Three new works by Johann Strauss (47) are performed for the first time, in the Gartenbau, Vienna: the waltz Carnevalsbilder op.357, the polka française Nimm sie hin! op.358, and the polka mazurka Gruß aus Osterreich op.359.
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August 6, 1873: Bei uns z’Haus op.361, a waltz for male chorus and orchestra by Johann Strauss (47), is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s “Neue Welt”, Vienna
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October 25, 1873: On his 48th birthday, Johann Strauss conducts a concert for the benefit of Hungarian victims of a cholera epidemic, in Vienna. He premieres his Csárdás für Gesang, to words of Genée, part of the operetta he is working on. It is so successful that he hurries to finish the rest of the work: Die Fledermaus.
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February 10, 1874: Fledermaus-Polka op.362 by Johann Strauss (48) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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April 5, 1874: Die Fledermaus, an operetta by Johann Strauss (48) to words of Haffner and Genée after Meilhac and Halévy, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna. The reviews are mixed but the public is ecstatic. It will see over 300 performances to become, perhaps, the most popular operetta in German.
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May 9, 1874: Wo die Citronen blüh’n op.364, a waltz by Johann Strauss (48), is performed for the first time, in Turin.
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August 2, 1874: Du und Du op.367, a waltz by Johann Strauss (48), is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s “Neue Welt”, Vienna.
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September 6, 1874: Tik-Tak op.365, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (48), is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s “Neue Welt”, Vienna.
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February 1, 1875: The overture to Johann Strauss’ (49) unperformed operetta Cagliostro in Wien is heard for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna. See 27 February 1875.
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February 27, 1875: Cagliostro in Wien, an operetta by Johann Strauss (49) to words of Zell and Genée, is performed for the first time, in Theater an der Wien, Vienna. The work proves a succès d’estime.
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May 20, 1875: Cagliostro-Quadrille op.369 by Johann Strauss (49) is performed for the first time, in Schwender’s “Neue Welt”, Vienna.
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June 16, 1875: Cagliostro Waltz op.370 by Johann Strauss (49) is performed for the first time, in the Gartenbau, Vienna.
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June 25, 1875: Hoch Österreich! op.371, a march by Johann Strauss (49), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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October 17, 1875: Licht und Schatten op.374, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (49), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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January 3, 1877: Prinz Methusalem, an operetta by Johann Strauss (51) to words of Treumann after Dalacour and Wildér, is performed for the first time, in the Vienna Carltheater, conducted by the composer. The critics are not impressed.
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January 21, 1877: O schöner Mai, op.375, a waltz by Johann Strauss (51), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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March 8, 1877: Banditen-Galopp op.378 by Johann Strauss (51) is performed for the first time, in Paris.
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October 7, 1877: Kriegers Liebchen op.379, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (51), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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February 19, 1878: Ballsträußchen op.380, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (52), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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May 28, 1878: Seven weeks after the death of his wife, Johann Strauss, Jr. (52) marries Ernestine Henriette Angelika Dittrich, an actress, in Vienna.
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December 9, 1878: The overture to Johann Strauss’ (53) unperformed operetta Blindekuh is heard for the first time, in Theater an der Wien. See 18 December 1878.
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December 18, 1878: Blindekuh, an operetta by Johann Strauss (53) to words of Kneisel, is performed for the first time, in Theater an der Wien, Vienna. It is undoubtedly the composer’s worst disaster.
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January 12, 1879: Kennst du mich? op.381, a waltz by Johann Strauss (53), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 20, 1879: Pariser Polka op.382 by Johann Strauss (53) is performed for the first time, in Paris.
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March 2, 1879: Nur fort! op.383, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (53), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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November 16, 1879: Nordseebilder op.390, a waltz by Johann Strauss (54), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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December 7, 1879: Opern-Maskenball-Quadrille op.384 by Johann Strauss (54) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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February 2, 1880: Frisch heran op.386, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (54), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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July 22, 1880: In’s Centrum! op.387, a waltz by Johann Strauss (54), is performed for the first time, in the Schützenfest im Prater, Vienna.
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October 1, 1880: Das Spitzentuch der Königin, an operetta by Johann Strauss (54) to words of Bohrmann-Riegen and Genée after Cervantes, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna.
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October 7, 1880: A funeral in memory of Jacques Offenbach is held at the Church of the Madeleine attended by a host of artistic Paris, including Ambroise Thomas (69), Johann Strauss (54), and Jules Massenet (38). Offenbach’s earthly remains are laid to rest in the Montmartre Cemetery.
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November 7, 1880: Rosen aus dem Süden op.388, a waltz by Johann Strauss (55), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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December 7, 1880: The choral version of Burschenwanderung op.389, a polka française by Johann Strauss (55), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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December 12, 1880: Gavotte der Königin op.391 by Johann Strauss (55) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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January 23, 1881: Spitzentuch-Quadrille op.392 by Johann Strauss (55) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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February 22, 1881: Stürmisch in Lieb’ und Tanz op.393, a polka-schnell by Johann Strauss (55), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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March 6, 1881: Liebchen, schwing Dich op.394, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (55), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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May 7, 1881: Myrthenblüthen op.395, a waltz for male chorus and orchestra by Johann Strauss (55), is performed for the first time, in the Hofburg.
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May 10, 1881: Jubelfest-Marsch op.396 by Johann Strauss (55) is performed for the first time, in Theater an der Wien, Vienna.
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June 3, 1881: The instrumental version of Burschenwanderung op.389, a polka française by Johann Strauss (55), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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November 25, 1881: Der lustige Krieg, an operetta by Johann Strauss (56) to words of Zell and Genée, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna. The work is not a total disaster.
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December 8, 1881: Shortly before the beginning of the second Viennese performance of Les contes d'Hoffmann in the Ringtheater, fire breaks out on stage. Since the doors open inward, many are killed in the crush. About 650 people are burned, asphyxiated, or trampled to death. Johann Strauss (56) attended the Vienna premiere last night. Anton Bruckner (57), who keeps all his musical manuscripts in an apartment next door, rushes to the scene to save his work. By the time he gets there, the fire is under control. Among the dead are Heinrich Nachod and his wife, aunt and uncle of Arnold Schoenberg (7). Their two children will be adopted by the Schoenbergs.
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January 1, 1882: Der lustige Krieg op.397, a march by Johann Strauss (56), is performed for the first time,in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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January 6, 1882: Frisch ins Feld op.398, a march by Johann Strauss (56), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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January 10, 1882: Kuß-Walzer op.400 by Johann Strauss (56) is performed for the first time, in the Hofburg, Vienna.
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January 15, 1882: Two polkas françaises by Johann Strauss (56) are performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna: Was sich liebt, neckt sich op.399, and Violetta op.404.
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February 14, 1882: Two works by Johann Strauss (56) are performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna: the quadrille Der lustige Krieg op.402, Entweder--oder! op.403, a polka schnell.
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February 26, 1882: Nord und Süd op.405, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (56), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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March 19, 1882: Der Klügere giebt nach op.401, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (56), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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March 22, 1882: Italienischer Walzer op.407 by Johann Strauss (56) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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September 27, 1882: Johann Strauss’ (56) second wife Lili, leaves him for good.
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December 9, 1882: The Wiener Landsgericht grants a civil divorce between Johann Strauss, Jr. (57) and his second wife, Lili.
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December 27, 1882: Habsburg hoch! op.408, a march by Johann Strauss (57), is performed for the first time, in the Carltheater, Vienna.
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January 29, 1883: Rasch in der That op.409, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (57), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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March 1, 1883: The choral version of Frühlingstimmen op.410 by Johann Strauss (57) is performed for the first time, in Theater an der Wien, Vienna.
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March 18, 1883: The instrumental version of Frühlingstimmen op.410 by Johann Strauss (57) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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October 3, 1883: Eine Nacht in Venedig, an operetta by Johann Strauss (57) to words of Zell and Genée after Cormon and Carré, is performed for the first time, in the Friedrich-Wilhelmstädtisches Theater, Berlin. The work elicits a chorus of boos and catcalls from the audience.
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November 4, 1883: Lagunen-Walzer op.411 by Johann Strauss (58) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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January 20, 1884: So ängstlich sind wir nicht! op.413, a polka-schnell by Johann Strauss (58) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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January 27, 1884: Papacoda-Polka op.412 by Johann Strauss (58) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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February 2, 1884: Die Tauben von San Marco op.414, a polka française by Johann Strauss (58), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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February 4, 1884: Quadrille nach Motiven der komischen Oper Eine Nacht in Venedig op.416 by Johann Strauss (58) is performed for the first time, in the Hofburg, Vienna.
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February 14, 1884: Annina op.415, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (58), is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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October 15, 1884: On the 40th anniversary of the beginning of his career, Johann Strauss, Jr. (58) is granted the Freedom of the City of Vienna by the mayor.
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October 24, 1885: Der Zigeunerbaron, an operetta by Johann Strauss to words of Schnitzer after Jókai, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, conducted by the composer on the eve of his 60th birthday. It is an unqualified success and will run for 87 straight nights.
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November 22, 1885: Schatz-Walzer op.418 by Johann Strauss (60) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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November 26, 1885: Johann Strauss’ (60) Der Zigeunerbaron opens in Pest. It is just as successful in Hungary as it was in Austria and is seen as a symbol of harmony between the two parts of the empire. See 24 October 1885.
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November 29, 1885: Brautschau op.417, a polka by Johann Strauss (60), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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December 8, 1885: Johann Strauss, Jr. (60) is granted release from his Austrian citizenship in order to marry his mistress, Adèle Deutsch Strauss (no relation).
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December 13, 1885: Kriegsabenteuer op.419, a polka schnell by Johann Strauss (60), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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December 26, 1885: Die Wahrsagerin op.420, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (60), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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January 28, 1886: Zigeunerbaron-Quadrille op.422 by Johann Strauss (60) is performed for the first time, in the Hofburg, Vienna.
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February 2, 1886: Husaren-Polka op.421 by Johann Strauss (60) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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April 26, 1886: An der Wolga op.425, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (60), is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
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April 27, 1886: Wiener Frauen op.423, a waltz by Johann Strauss (60), is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
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April 28, 1886: Adelen-Walzer op.424 by Johann Strauss (60) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
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April 29, 1886: Russischer Marsch op.426 by Johann Strauss (60) is performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg.
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June 24, 1886: Johann Strauss, Jr. (60) is granted citizenship of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in order to marry his mistress, Adèle Deutsch Strauss (no relation).
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July 11, 1887: Duke Ernst II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha pronounces the divorce of Johann Strauss (61) and his second wife Angelika. Unable to receive a divorce in Catholic Austria, Strauss has become a Lutheran and a Saxon subject.
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August 15, 1887: Johann Strauss (61) marries his third wife, 21-year-old Adèle Deutsch Strauss (no relation) in the royal chapel of Coburg. She is the daughter of a banker, a widow with one child. He has left the Catholic Church and she has renounced Judaism in order to attain the marriage.
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December 17, 1887: Simplicius, an operetta by Johann Strauss (62) to words of Léon after Grimmelshausen, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna. The work is awful and receives an appropriate response.
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December 18, 1887: Reitermarsch op.428 by Johann Strauss (62) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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January 8, 1888: Donauweibchen op.427, a waltz by Johann Strauss (62), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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February 19, 1888: Two works by Johann Strauss (62) are performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna: Simplicius-Quadrille op.429 and the polka française Soldatenspiel op.430.
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February 26, 1888: Lagerlust op.431, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (62), is performed for the first time, in the Cursalon, Vienna. Strauss’ schnellpolka Muthig voran! op.432 is premiered at the Musikverein, Vienna.
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March 3, 1888: Auf zum Tanze! op.436, a schnell-polka by Johann Strauss (63), is performed for the first time, in the Strauß-Palais, Vienna.
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June 26, 1888: After viewing a performance of Die Fledermaus in Bern, Johannes Brahms (55) writes an admiring letter to “Meister” Johann Strauss (62).
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October 21, 1888: Two works by Johann Strauss (62) are performed for the first time at the Musikverein, Vienna: Spanischer Marsch op.433 and the waltz Sinnen un Minnen op.435.
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December 2, 1888: Kaiser Jubiläum op.434, a Jubel-Walzer by Johann Strauss (63), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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October 21, 1889: Kaiser-Walzer op.437 by Johann Strauss (63) is performed for the first time, in Berlin.
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February 10, 1890: Durch’s Telephon op.439, a polka by Johann Strauss (63), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 12, 1890: Rathhaus-Ball-Tänze op.438, a waltz by Johann Strauss (63), is performed for the first time, in the Neues Wiener Rathaus.
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May 10, 1891: Groß-Wien op.440, a waltz for male chorus and orchestra by Johann Strauss (63), is performed for the first time, in the Sängerhalle im Prater, Vienna. It comes at the end of a massive program honoring Strauss by musicians from all over Austria-Hungary. Finally, a large wreath is brought on stage by two regimental bandmasters. One of them is Franz Lehár (21). It is the only time that Strauss and Lehár will stand face to face.
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January 1, 1892: Ritter Pásmán, a comic opera by Johann Strauss (66) to words of Dóczi after Aranyi, is performed for the first time, in the Vienna Hofoper. The audience receives it warmly but the critics are negative.
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February 22, 1892: Unparteiische Kritiken op.442, a polka mazurka by Johann Strauss (66), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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March 27, 1892: Seid umschlungen Millionenen op.443, a waltz by Johann Strauss (66), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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November 27, 1892: Märchen aus dem Orient op.444, a waltz by Johann Strauss (66), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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December 18, 1892: The “Schalk” version of Symphony no.8 by Anton Bruckner (68) is performed for the first time, in Vienna. Present are members of the royal family, Crown Princess Stephanie and Archduchess Valerie, as well as Johannes Brahms (59), Johann Strauss (67), Hugo Wolf (32), and Siegfried Wagner. It is among Bruckner’s most successful nights in Vienna. The press is almost universal in their praise. See 22 November 1892, 5 July 1939, and 2 September 1973.
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January 10, 1893: Fürstin Ninetta, an operetta by Johann Strauss (67) to words of Wittmann and Bauer, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna.
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January 15, 1893: Neue Pizzicato-Polka op.449 by Johann Strauss (67) is performed in a concert setting for the first time, in Etablissement Dreher. It was first heard five days ago as part of Fürstin Ninetta.
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January 22, 1893: Ninetta-Walzer op.445 by Johann Strauss (67) is performed for the first time, in the Volksgarten, Vienna.
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February 3, 1893: Ninetta-Galopp op.450 by Johann Strauss (67) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 6, 1893: Herzenskönigen op. 445, a polka française by Johann Strauss (67), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 19, 1893: Ninetta-Quadrille op.446 by Johann Strauss (67) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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February 26, 1893: Diplomaten-Polka op.448 by Johann Strauss (67) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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March 5, 1893: Ninetta-Marsch op.447 by Johann Strauss (67) is performed for the first time, in the “Goldene Rose”, Vienna
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June 4, 1893: Fest-Marsch op.452 by Johann Strauss (67) is performed for the first time, in the Prater, Vienna.
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October 22, 1893: Auf dem Tanzboden, musikalische Illustration zu dem gleichnamigen Gemälde von Franz Defregger op.454 by Johann Strauss (67) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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November 12, 1893: Hochzeitsreigen op.453, a waltz by Johann Strauss (68), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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October 12, 1894: Jabuka, an operetta by Johann Strauss (68) to words of Kalbeck and Davis, is performed for the first time, in Theater an der Wien, Vienna.
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October 14, 1894: Two works by Johann Strauss (68) are performed for the first time, at the Musikverein, Vienna: the waltz Ich bin Dir gut! op.455, and the march Zivio! op.456.
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January 6, 1895: Gartenlaube-Walzer op. 461 by Johann Strauss (69) is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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April 18, 1895: Klug Gretelein op.462, a waltz by Johann Strauss (69), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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December 4, 1895: Waldmeister, an operetta by Johann Strauss (70) to words of Davis, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna.
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December 15, 1895: Trau, schau wem! op.463, a waltz by Johann Strauss (70), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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December 26, 1895: Herrjemineh op.464, a polka française by Johann Strauss (70), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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January 4, 1896: Liebe und Ehe op.465, a polka mazur by Johann Strauss (70), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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February 10, 1896: Klipp-Klapp op.466, a galopp by Johann Strauss (70), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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February 27, 1896: Hochzeits-Präludium op.469 by Johann Strauss (70) is performed for the first time, in the Kirche des Deutschen Ordens.
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March 15, 1896: Es war so wunderschön op.467, a march by Johann Strauss (70), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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September 9, 1896: Deutschmeister-Jubiläums-Marsch op.470 by Johann Strauss (70) is performed for the first time, in Vienna.
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March 13, 1897: Die Göttin der Vernunft, an operetta by Johann Strauss (71) to words of Willner and Buchbinder, is performed for the first time, in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna. One audience member, Johannes Brahms (63), is so weak that he must be carried home after the second act. It is the last public appearance Brahms will ever make.
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March 28, 1897: Heut’ ist heut’ op. 471, a waltz by Johann Strauss (71), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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May 5, 1897: Wo uns’re Fahne weht op.473, a march by Johann Strauss (71), is performed for the first time, in “Zum wilden Mann”, Vienna.
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November 28, 1897: An der Elbe op.477, a waltz by Johann Strauss (72), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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January 24, 1898: Göttin der Vernunft op.476, a quadrille by Johann Strauss (72), is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna.
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May 31, 1898: Klänge aus der Raimundzeit op.479, a fantaisie by Johann Strauss (72), is performed for the first time, in the Deutsches Volkstheater, Vienna.
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June 28, 1898: Auf’s Korn op.478, a Bundesschützen-Marsch for chorus and orchestra by Johann Strauss (72), is performed for the first time, in the Prater, Vienna.
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November 27, 1898: The instrumental version of Auf’s Korn op.478, a Bundesschützen-Marsch by Johann Strauss (72), is performed for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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May 23, 1899: After conducting the overture to Die Fledermaus last night, Johann Strauss (73) awakes with a fever.
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May 27, 1899: After catching a severe cold at a soiree, Johann Strauss, Jr. (73) takes to his bed suffering from shivering, vomiting, and a fever.
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June 1, 1899: Suffering from double pneumonia, Johann Strauss (73) exhibits periods of delirium.
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June 3, 1899: 16:15 Johann Strauss dies of pneumonia in the arms of his wife Adèle, in his home at Igelgaße 4, Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire, aged 73 years, seven months, and nine days. In the Vienna Volksgarten, Eduard Kremser is conducting an open-air concert. When the news reaches him, he makes a brief announcement to the audience, turns and conducts An der schönen, blauen Donau.
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June 6, 1899: The cortege carrying the body of Johann Strauss travels from his house in Ingelgaße, past the Theater an der Wien, the Musikverein, and the court opera. His mortal remains are laid to rest in the Zentralfriedhof near those of Beethoven (†72), Schubert (†70) and Brahms (†2). Among the mourners is Gustav Mahler (38).
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October 26, 1899: Wiener Blut, an operetta by Johann Strauss (†0) to words of Léon and Stein, is performed for the first time, at the Carltheater, Vienna a day after what would have been the composer’s 74th birthday. Despite the love that the Viennese feel towards the late composer, the work is a flop.
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January 21, 1900: The prelude to the third act of Johann Strauss’ (†0) unperformed ballet Aschenbrödel is heard for the first time, in the Musikverein, Vienna.
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February 11, 1901: Aschenbrödel Waltz by Johann Strauss (†1) is performed for the first time, in the Sophiensaal, Vienna. See 2 May 1901.
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May 2, 1901: The ballet Aschenbrödel by Johann Strauss (†1) on a scenario by Regel after Kollmann and completed by Josef Bayer, is performed for the first time, at the Royal Opera, Berlin.
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October 7, 1909: Das Fürstenkind, an operetta by Franz Lehár (39) to words of Léon after About, is performed for the first time, in the Johann Strauss Theater, Vienna.
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May 27, 1921: A concert by the Society for Private Musical Performances features the premiere of four waltzes by Johann Strauss (†21) arranged by Arnold Schoenberg (46), Anton Webern (37), and Alban Berg (36).
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October 30, 1925: Paganini, an operetta by Franz Lehár (54) to words of Knepler and Jenbach, is performed for the first time, in Johann Strauss-Theater, Vienna, conducted by the composer. The response is bland. See 30 January 1926.
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February 20, 1941: After discovering that the family tree of Johann Strauss (†41) contains unbaptized Jews, the Nazi government publishes on vellum, a statement officially “purifying” Strauss and his music. They then secretly replace a matrimonial record in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna with a forgery.
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March 25, 1987: Two works for soprano and eight players by Sofia Gubaidulina (55) is performed for the first time, in Cologne: Hommage à T.S. Eliot and Ein Walzerspass nach Johann Strauss .