John Strauss

John Strauss

Title: Professor of Music
Office: Jenson-Noble 177
Phone: 1.563.387.1210
Email: straussj@luther.edu
Degree: D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Interests: Piano, Chamber Music, Performance Practice, Study Abroad

Dr. John F. Strauss is Professor of Music at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa, USA), where he has taught piano and served in college administration since 1975. Born and raised in New York , Strauss studied with Morton Estrin and Charles Rosen (both second-generation Liszt pupils) as well as with Joseph Schwartz, William C. Race and Paul Badura-Skoda. He holds degrees in Music and Literature from Oberlin College and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin (USA). Strauss has made numerous public radio and television broadcasts and has toured throughout the United States with the Oneota Chamber Players, often with grants from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. His articles have appeared in such music periodicals as ClavierThe Musical Quarterly, and Chamber Music America. A specialist in Viennese Classical chamber music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, he is co-editor with his wife, violinist Virginia Fattaruso Strauss, of over twenty works by Johann Baptist Vanhal, Ignaz Pleyel, Georg Friedrich Fuchs, and Johann Nepomuk Hummel for publishers Doblinger and H. Anderle (Vienna, Austria), and of the complete chamber music of Walter Rabl for A-R Editions (U.S.A.).  Strauss has adjudicated Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) competitions for four decades, and is a frequent judge for regional concerto competitions.  He was recently a guest adjudicator for the sixty-fourth Hong Kong Music Festival.  During the spring 2012 semester, he will be on sabbatical in Vienna, Austria preparing an edition of the 1791 Trios by composer Ignaz Pleyel.

Music Editions (co-edited and co-authored with Dr. Virginia Strauss)

    • Johann Baptist Vanhal: Concerto in C Major for Violine, Cembalo und Streichorchester (Diletto Musicale 1107, Doblinger, Vienna, 1992).
    • The Complete Instrumental Chamber Music of Walter Rabl, (A-R Editions, Madison, WI, 1996) Vol. 24 of Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Sonata in Bb Major, Op. 30 #1 for violin and piano (Diletto Musicale 1181, Doblinger, Vienna, 1996).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 30 #2 for violin and piano (Diletto Musicale 1182, Doblinger, Vienna, 1996).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Sonata in Bb Major,  Op. 30 #3 for violin and piano (Diletto Musicale 1183, Doblinger, Vienna, 1996).
    • Georg Friedrich Fuchs:  Trio Concertant g-Moll, Op. 64 #3 for clarinet, violin and cello (Diletto Musicale 1224, Doblinger, Vienna, 1997).
    • Johann Nepomuk Hummel:  Concerto for Piano, Violin and Orchestra in G Major, Op. 17 (H.A.3, Verlag Anderle, Vienna 1998).  Also published in study score by Musikverlag Mersich and Kiess: (No. 08P/530, Vienna 1998).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Major, Weinmann IIA C 9 (H.A.5, Verlag Anderle, Vienna 1998).  Also published in study score by Musikverlag Mersich and Kiess: (No. 22P/502, Vienna 1998).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Three Sonatas for Piano (Eb Major, G Minor, G Major), (Diletto Musicale 1225, Doblinger, Vienna, 1998).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, Weinmann IIb C 2 (H.A.8,  Verlag Anderle, Vienna 1999).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A Major, Opus 45, Weinmann IIa A1  (H.A.9, Verlag Anderle, Vienna 2000).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 14, Weinmann IIa/D1 (H.A.21, Verlag Anderle, Vienna 2001).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Major, Weinmann IIa/C4 (H.A.22, Verlag Anderle, Vienna 2001).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Quartett in Eb Major, Op. 40, No. 1 for violin, viola, cello and piano (Diletto Musicale 1307, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna, 2002).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Quartett in G-Dur, Op. 40, No 2 for violin, viola, cello and piano (Diletto Musicale 1308, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna, 2003).
    • Johann Baptist Vanhal:  Quartett in B-Dur, Op. 40, No 3 for violin, viola, cello and piano (Diletto Musicale 1350, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna, 2005).
    • Ignaz Pleyel: Klaviertrio B-Dur, B 440 (Diletto Musicale 1405, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna 2007).
    • Ignaz Pleyel: Klaviertrio C-Dur, B 441 (Diletto Musicale 1406, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna 2007).
    • Ignaz Pleyel: Klaviertrio f-moll, B 442 (Diletto Musicale 1407, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna 2007).
    • Ignaz Pleyel: Klaviertrio A-Dur, B 448 (Diletto Musicale 1441, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna 2011).
    • Ignaz Pleyel: Klaviertrio G-Dur, B 446 (Diletto Musicale 1439, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna 2012).
    • Ignaz Pleyel: Klaviertrio B-Dur, B.447 (Diletto Musicale 1440, Doblinger Verlag, Vienna 2012).
    • Ignaz Pleyel: Symphonie Concertante für Violine, Klavier und Orchester in F-Dur B. 115 (International Pleyel Gesellschaft, Rupperstal 2012).

      Articles and Interviews

      • "Alexander Reinagle, Musician of Federalist America," (Clavier, May-June, 1976).
      • "Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Musician," (The Musical Quarterly October, 1978).
      • "Antonin Dvorak's Sojourn in America," (The Iowa Music Teacher, April, 1979).
      • "The Puzzle of Chopin's Tempo Rubato," (Clavier, May-June, 1983).
      • "Conversations with Martin Haselböck," (Clavier, December 1984). [co-authored with Virginia Strauss]
      • "The Search for the Perfect Schumann Urtext," (Clavier, April, 1985).
      • "Has Technology Diminished Our Musical Imagination?," (Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Spring,1985).
      • "Rosario Marciano: Bringing History to Life," (Clavier, December 1986) [co-authored with Virginia Strauss]
      • Kjell Johnsen: An Organist's Odyssey," (Clavier, December 1989).[co-authored with Virginia Strauss]
      • "Walter Rabl, The Brahms Prize, and a Quartet, Opus 1," (Chamber Music, Summer 1990).
      • "Weekley and Arganbright: Eighty-eight Divided by Two," (Clavier, December 1990). [co-authored with Virginia Strauss]
      • "The Dual Career of Michael Gailit," (Clavier, January 1993). [co-authored with Virginia Strauss]
      • “How Can NASM Better Serve the Liberal Arts College?,” (NASM Proceedings, 2000).
      • “Walter Rabl” in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Vol. 20, 2001) [co-authored with Virginia Strauss]
      • “Musical Treasure and Lost Masterworks,” (Agora, Fall 2005). [co-authored with Virginia Strauss]
      • “Music Publishing in Vienna, Then and Now,” (Agora, Fall 2012)
      • Numerous "ARTicles" for the Decorah Journal.

      Sample Audio

      Vienna Dances II
      Composed by Edvard Gärtner/Ignaz Friedman
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