Johann Strauss I 1804-1849
(March 14, 1804 – September 25, 1849; German:
Johann Baptist Strauß, Johann Strauss (Vater); also Johann Baptist Strauss, Johann Strauss,
Sr., Johann Strauss the Elder), born in Vienna, was an Austrian Romantic composer famous for his waltzes,
and for popularizing them alongside Josef Lanner, thereby setting the foundations for his sons to carry on his musical dynasty.
His most famous piece is probably the Radetzky March (named after Joseph Radetzky von Radetz),
whereas his most famous waltz is probably the Lorelei Rheinklänge op. 154.
Strauss had a Jewish grandfather, Johann Michael Strauss (1720–1800) who converted to Catholicism.