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Johann Strauss I
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    (March 14, 1804-September 25, 1849)
    Known for his waltzes and marches
    Father of Johann Strauss II
    He is often confused with his son, Johann Strauss II.
    Despite being a composer himself, he refused to let his son study music.
    He tried to stop his son from getting music jobs.
    He refused to give concerts at any venue that had hired Johann Jr.
    He abandoned his family for a mistress.
    He fathered seven bastard children.
    Scholars consider his son’s music better than his.
    His mother died when he was twelve.
    He was a gifted conductor.
    He wrote a lot of music for charitable fundraisers.
    He performed at the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro

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