5) A Night in Venice Overture – Johann Strauss, Jr.
On October 3, 1883, in Berlin, Johann Strauss’s operetta, A Night in Venice, was performed for the first time. Reviewers and audiences appear to have loved the music, but they thought much less of the dialogue. As a child the composer had been forbidden from studying music by his father. But his mother arranged for him to take lessons in secret, and after his parents separated, Johann was free to study music in the open. He would become known as the “waltz king,” renowned for numerous popular works. A Night in Venice became one of his most well-known works for the stage.Here’s the overture from Strauss’s operetta.
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