Music: Straussiana

Last week the municipality of Vienna seized the estate, the royalty rights, the personal relics of one of its most cherished citizens, Johann Strauss, the "Waltz King." The city's action seemed to be what the composer would have wished. When he died in 1899 he left his royalties to his Jewish widow; everything else to the Vienna Friends of Music Association. The widow, growing rich on royalties, bought up all the Straussiana she could, declaring she would leave it to the city. Instead, she left everything to her daughter by a previous husband,...

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