Strauss was born on 11 June 1864 in Munich, the son of Josephine (née Pschorr) and Franz Strauss, who was the principal horn player at the Court Opera in Munich. In his youth, he received a thorough musical education from his father. He wrote his first composition at the age of six and continued to write music almost until his death.
"Never look at the trombones. You'll only encourage them."
"No one wants to quit when he's losing and no one wants to quit when he's winning."
"I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer."
"The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play."
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