Johann Strauss (II)
Down 44. First of 2 entries for Johann Strauss Junior this year.
Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss' most famous operetta, is primarily loved for what happens before anyone sets foot on the stage: the eight-minute Overture. Translating literally as 'The Bat', Die Fledermaus was written over a two-year period from 1873 and is entirely frivolous in nature. Strauss himself was at the podium for the very first performance of Die Fledermaus.
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