Strauss, Franz Joseph

BORN 26 Feb 1822, Parkstein, Bayern - DIED 31 May 1905, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (21-03-21)

Father of the composer Richard Strauss. He was the illegitimate son of the police officer Johann Urbann Strauss and of Maria Walter. He was recognised by his father. When he was only fifteen years old he became a guitar player at the Hofkapelle of Duke Maximilian. Soon he became a solo hornist at the opera orchestra and after that he was engaged as a hornist at the Royal Bavarian Court Orchestra.

When he was 32 years old his first wife and his two children died of cholera. In 1863 he married again. His second wife was Josephine Pschorr, the daughter of the brewer Georg Pschorr. In 1864 their son Richard Strauss was born. They also had a daughter, Berta Johanna.

In 1871 he became a professor at the Academy in Munich. His musical taste was very conservative and among his most admired composers were Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. He didn't like Richard Wagners music, but he probably helped Wagner with his "Siegfriedruf" and if he played Wagners music he always did it with a high degree of perfection. He and Wagner quarreled frequently but their was no hate between them.

• Son: Strauss, Richard

Related persons
• quarreled with Wagner, Richard

21/6/1868Premiere of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nünberg". It was staged in Munich in the presence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Hans von Bülow was the conductor. Ludwig insisted that Wagner would sit next to him in the royal box. After the first act the public was very enthousiastic and demanded to see the composer. But Wagner didn't show himself. Only after the last act he rose to accept the ovation of the public. This caused a scandal because it was considered inappropriate that a composer received the honours of the public standing next to the king. [Bausewein, Kaspar][Bülow, Hans von][Diez-Hartmann, Sophie][Mallinger, Mathilda][Wagner, Richard]


The grave of Franz Strauss at the Alte Südfriedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2008)


• Marek, George R., Cosima Wagner, Ein Leben für ein Genie, Knaur, München, 1993
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Published: 27 Apr 2016
Last update: 15 Feb 2022