Vienna has long history as a city of music, having served as the home and place of inspiration for many esteemed composers over the years. Johann Strauss is no exception. Having made his name as the ‘Waltz King’, Strauss comprised over 500 pieces of dance music over a period of 73 years. His most famous work, The Blue Danube, remains recognisable the world over and today is something of Vienna’s national anthem, with the sheet being played throughout much of the city, especially within the palaces and museums.
Strauss died in 1899 and rests today, alongside his wife, in Vienna’s Central Cemetery, one of the world’s largest cemeteries. Even here, Strauss’s legacy continues to inspire budding classical artists as he lies interned next to other famous composers such as Schubert and Beethoven, in an area collectively referred to as Composer’s Corner, a place of pilgrimage for those who come to Vienna hoping to experience the same inspiration that elevated these men.