John Suchet’s New Book published 3rd September
The Last Waltz – The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna
Discover the truth behind Vienna’s extraordinary musical dynasty.
The Strauss family name is forever intertwined with Vienna – as is their music. Two generations of this remarkable family transformed and popularised the waltz, delighting all of Viennese society with their prolific compositions. They produced some of the best known and loved music of the 19th century including The Blue Danube Waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Voices of Spring and The Radetzky March.
But behind the melody lay a darker discord, as the Strausses tore themselves apart while Vienna struggled to secure its place in a rapidly changing world. In The Last Waltz John brilliantly tells this gripping story, capturing the family dramas, the tensions, triumphs and disasters of two generations of the Viennese family as the 20th century dawned, as well how the emperor, ill-equipped for leadership, struggled to maintain the exalted place of the Austro-Hungarian empire on the European stage, while enduring more personal tragedy than any man should have to bear.
The Last Waltz will be available on 3rd September but is available now for pre-order.