Born the son of a successsful violinist and orchestra leader, Johann Strauss Jr. seemed destined for a career in music. However, his father wanted his eldest son to become a banker. Nevertheless, the younger Strauss became a conductor with an orchestra of his own, which was in competition with his father's. When the older Strauss died, people began to realize that the son was an even better musician and composer. Listen to the story of how he found success in the clip above.
Program Playlist (all works by Johann Strauss Jr.):
Tales from the Vienna Woods
"On the Beautiful Blue Danube"