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Josef Strauss
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Josef Strauss

Josef Strauss (August 20, 1827 - July 22, 1870) was an Austrian composer.

The son of Johann Strauss I and brother of Johann Strauss II and Eduard Strauss, he was born in Vienna. He worked initially as an engineer and designer before joining the family orchestra in the 1850s.

He wrote waltzes, including "Sphären-Klänge" (Music of the Spheres) and "Dorfschwalben Aus Osterreich" (Village Swallows from Austria), polkas (most famously the "Pizzicato Polka" with his brother Johann II), quadrilles and other dance music. His pieces tend to be of a more serious character than those of his siblings.