Father of the Viennese Waltz
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The Strauss Family: 15 facts about Vienna's musical dynasty
12. Father of the Viennese Waltz
Johann Strauss I died in Vienna on September 25, 1849 at the age of 45 from scarlet fever. Hector Berlioz himself paid tribute to the 'Father of the Viennese Waltz' by commenting that "Vienna without Strauss is like Austria without the Danube".