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No one made dance music more fashionable than the Strauss family of composers and bandleaders. Starting in the early 19th century, their waltzes took Vienna by storm and went on to conquer Europe, even into the era of gramophone records.
The foundations of the Strauss musical dynasty began with Johann Strauss I, born in Leopoldstadt, Vienna. Orphaned by the age of 12, the young Johann was apprenticed to a bookbinder while taking lessons in the violin and viola.
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