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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 demanded that none of his sons pursue careers in music, despite their obvious talent. Johann II was meant to study banking, for his brother Josef a military career, and Eduard was expected to join the Austrian consulate. Defiantly, they all became musicians.
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