Friday, September 13, 2013

The Waltz King

Written by: Kurt Pahlen (Translated by: Theodore McClintock

First line: At last!

Why you should read this book: Johann Strauss is the wildly popular musician and orchestra leader at the heart of the Viennese fascination with dance music, and his son, Johann the Younger, is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps. He composes his first waltz in early childhood and is desperate to learn the violin and become a true musician, but his father has an artistic temperament that is by turns violent and morbid, and decrees that no child of his shall ever enter such an awful profession. Still, the younger boy adores music and will suffer no other fate than to bring the Viennese people to their feet with his original compositions, and history shows us how he surpassed even his father’s achievements, not only gaining fame and fortune, but also finding the love, peace, and balance in life that his father never knew.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: No child of yours would ever dare dream of going into such a disreputable profession as the arts.

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