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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.
Josef Strauss joined the family orchestra, along with his brothers, Johann II and Eduard in the 1850s. His first published work was called The First and the Last. When Johann Senior became seriously ill in 1853 Josef led the orchestra for a while. His early compositions went down well with the Viennese so he decided to continue in the family tradition of composing dance music. He wrote some 283 pieces including many waltzes.
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