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Oscar Nathan Straus

Also Known As: "Oskar"
Birthplace: Wien, Österreich (Austria)
Death: January 11, 1954 (83)
Bad Ischl, Österreich (Austria)
Immediate Family:

Son of Ludwig Louis Strauss and Gabriele Straus
Husband of Clara Straus and Helene Nelly Straus
Father of Erwin Straus; Walter Straus and Dr. Leopold Strauss
Brother of Seraphine Serafine Klinger and Anna Goldberger

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About Oscar Nathan Straus

http://www.wikiwand.com/de/Oscar_Straus_(Komponist) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Straus_(composer)

Oscar Nathan Straus (6 March 1870 – 11 January 1954) was a Viennese composer of operettas and film scores and songs. He also wrote about 500 cabaret songs, chamber music, and orchestral and choral works. His original name was actually Strauss,[1] but for professional purposes he deliberately omitted the final 's', since he wished not to be associated with the musical Strauss family of Vienna. However, he did follow the advice of Johann Strauss II in 1898 about abandoning the prospective lure of writing waltzes for the more lucrative business of writing for the theatre.

He studied music in Berlin under Max Bruch, and became an orchestral conductor, working at the Überbrettl cabaret. He went back to Vienna and began writing operettas, becoming a serious rival to Franz Lehár. When Lehár's popular The Merry Widow premiered in 1905, Straus was said to have remarked "Das kann ich auch!" (I can also do that!). In 1939, following the Nazi Anschluss, he fled to Paris and then to Hollywood. After the war, he returned to Europe, and settled at Bad Ischl, where he died.

Straus' best-known works are Ein Walzertraum (A Waltz Dream), and The Chocolate Soldier (Der tapfere Soldat). The waltz arrangement from the former is probably his most enduring orchestral work.

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Sheet of music of a Straus’ composition for the cabaret "Überbrettl"

Die lustigen Nibelungen (The Merry Nibelungs) – 1904

Zur indischen Witwe – 1905

Hugdietrichs Brautfahrt (Hugdietrich's Honeymoon) – 1906

Ein Walzertraum (A Waltz Dream) – 1907

Der tapfere Soldat (The Gallant Soldier, The Chocolate Soldier) – 1908

Didi – 1908

Das Tal der Liebe – 1909

Mein junger Herr (My Son John) – 1910

Der tapfere Cassian (The Brave Cassian) – 1912

The Dancing Viennese – 1912

Love and Laughter – 1913

Rund um die Liebe – 1914

Liebeszauber – 1916

Der letzte Walzer – 1920

Die Perlen der Cleopatra – 1923

Die Teresina — 1925

Die Musik kommt – 1928

Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will – 1932

Drei Walzer – 1935

Ihr erster Walzer (revised version, Die Musik kommt) – 1950

Bozena – 1952


Colombine – 1904

Die Prinzessin von Tragant – 1912

[edit]Film Scores

A Lady's Morals – 1930

Danube Love Song – 1931 (never released due to backlash against musicals)

The Smiling Lieutenant – 1932

The Southerner – 1932

One Hour with You – 1932

Die Herren von Maxim – 1933

Frühlingsstimmen – 1934

Land Without Music – 1935

Make a Wish – 1935

La Ronde – 1950


Grun, Bernard: Prince of Vienna: the Life, Times and Melodies of Oscar Straus (London, 1955).

Gänzl, Kurt. The Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre (3 Volumes). New York: Schirmer Books, 2001.

Traubner, Richard. Operetta: A Theatrical History. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1983.

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Oscar Nathan Straus's Timeline

March 6, 1870
January 21, 1897
Teplice, Teplice District, Ústí nad Labem Region, Czech Republic
April 5, 1910
January 11, 1954
Age 83
January 1954
Age 83