Die Fledermaus
Johann Strauss (II)


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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.

Flying Fox by Vincent van Gogh (1886).