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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.
Strauss became one of the best-known and well-loved dance composers in Vienna. He toured with his band to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Britain, where he was invited to provide the music for the opening state ball on the occasion of Queen Victoria's accession to the throne, and later her coronation.
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