Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ready for some scandal!?


Who knew the 18th century was so full of drama, infidelity, intense competition between a father and son, and heartbreak, you would think it was almost a current day mini drama but no this is the story of The Strauss Family and their legacy.

Many of you I am sure have heard of Johann Strauss or at least have heard his amazingly beautiful Waltz's but did you know that he is actually Johann Strauss Jr and his father Johann Strauss Sr was almost equally as talented. This by the way is incredibly confusing if you decide to take a Classical music class in college, which I wish I would have watched this series before starting this last semester it would have saved me a lot of trouble!

The DVD follows the life of Johann Strauss Sr and Johann Strauss Jr, their struggles, issues with infidelity, failed marriages, children, and illnesses. You listen to their beautiful music and I think so few of us really think about the people that wrote the music or what inspired them. This series on DVD really gives you a good look into their lives and struggles.

I promise even if you hate classical music you will really find their lives incredibly interesting. Just consider it a bit of "sex in the 1800s" heh.. ok that was a terrible analogy, but really nothing much has changed from then till now when it comes to the complexity of adult relationships. Though I will tell you now if a guy ever decides to leave me for a woman 28 years younger than him I will make his life miserable.

The Strauss Family is available on DVD at Amazon!

I have one copy of The Strauss Family to give away!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out The Strauss Family and tell me what is exciting to you about this series!
  • No "i want to win" stuff without a little effort (and I do mean little!)
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end August 15th at midnight!

76 Comments:

mverno said...

great to learn more on the family background

Callina said...

I believe the first and most exciting thing about this series is that it gives me and my loved ones the chance to educate ourselves in terms of the great European cultural atmosphere and music of the 19th century. Second, it highlights the struggle for success and the rivalry within a gifted family. It shows exceptionally endowed people being driven by common desires, which causes them to make unbelievable mistakes. It indirectly teaches the viewers how not to behave if they find themselves in such a fortunate situation. Last, but not least, I thrilled by the fact that the series offers us a fantastic chance to meet again Emmy-award winning actors such as Derek Jacobi and Jane Seymour. All in all, watching it would render a rewarding experience for the culture-craving soul.

agordon10 said...

I'm excited for the music!

mar said...

I love the music of Strauss. I play classical piano and his music is beautiful. I did not know much about his life, reading that he had many love affairs while married got my interest in the series!

Maja said...

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It's exciting to find out more about this legendary composer, his family, father and the rest.

chromiumman said...

i always loved strauss' music, but know absolutely nothing about his life or family

Jenn S. said...

I am excited to learn more about the Strauss family, and how he and his music came to be.

Stephen said...

really educational, cool prize.

janetfaye said...

It is exciting to learn about the one of the most talented musical families in history that spans 8 years.

I want to learn more about the scandal that came between father and son.

I think this will be a movie to remember and watch again and again, and to share.

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janetfaye said...

I blogged your giveaway

http://grammyjanetsplace.blogspot.com/2008/07/blog-giveaways.html

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Kari said...

I'd love to win this, I love classical music and it looks very interesting and historical!

toughturtles said...

a little history

Erica C. said...

this looks like it'll be very interesting!

Sharon said...

LOVE this music...thanks for great contest! :)

Stephanie said...

I love family saga stories and this one sounds fantastic. Isn't strife often the instigator of creativity?
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pintolinda said...

I remember the series from the 70s (I think). I liked it very much at the time for the music and the stories of romance and intrique within the family too. I would very much like to see it again.
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mogrill said...

great contest! Thanks.

silverbele said...

Great music and I would love to own this prize

Nikki said...

Never heard of him but this sounds like a scandalous tale. I need to learn more about classical music!

vmkids said...

to learn more about the Strauss family

LINDALSHOT said...

Historical AND educational.

windycindy said...

Hi, I really enjoyed "Amadeus!" I have watched that movie at least 3 times. I would think this DVD is similar in style. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
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dwhogan said...

History of Strauss

Leane said...

What is exciting about the series is learning the true history behind every day treasures like music that you may have heard a thousand times, but know nothing about.....

ArkieRN said...

I love historical DVDs. The blurb on this one sounds really good.

Cuddle Cottage said...

I love a good British mini series - and this one has eight parts! Yum! Also, I'd love to learn more about the famous Strauss father-son rivalry:)
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Cuddle Cottage said...

I'm subscribed via email:)
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Alyce said...

I have played the flute for 21 years and am ashamed to say I didn't know there was more than one Strauss musician. I would love to fill that gap in my musical education! :) I also love classical music and watching Jane Seymour is another plus.

kygirl said...

Sounds interesting.

Cindy Allen said...

it looks great

Kristie said...

This sounds so interesting, between the love affairs and the rivalry-plus it's a true story! I'd love the chance to see it.

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Cassie said...

I am most interested in the music. I played violin for years and I love the music.

Alice H said...

I can't believe I've never heard of this series! Its so interesting that they have it span 85 years - I'd love to see how they handle that. Thanks so much for the giveaway and for introducing this show to me! afdr3d@umkc.edu

Wehaf said...

I want to learn more about this father-son rivalry!

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Mary512 said...

I like that it is a true story of a great composer and his family's legacy of drama. Great giveaway, thanks!

Mary512 said...

Blogged ya:

http://mommyland512.blogspot.com/2008/08/srauss-family-dvd-giveaway-at-seven.html

Thanks again!

Heather said...

Wow never seen this, sounds like a great series and I just love the 18th century!

CanCan said...

I really like biographical stories. I feel like I learn a bit of history in an entertaining way.

Jessica said...

I love classical music and movies that show the lives behind them. Amadeus was my first movie in a theater when I was little!! Thanks for the giveaway!

carol drury said...

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always liked Amadeus!

Paige said...

Oh, the music! I like historical movies, too.

Ken said...

I hope it has musical sequences and interludes. Please accept my entry.

Anonymous said...

true story of a great composer

Leigh said...

I'm very interested in this because A-it's not going to show case an autopsy, B-there won't be any gratuitous nudity, C-there will actually be a plot!

TV really is a pretty sad place right now, it would be refreshing to see something of merit

Leigh said...

I am also a subscriber to your blog :)

Tammy said...

I really like Jane Seymour so would probably like to see her acting in this.

Michele said...

This sounds fabulous!!! What sounds most exciting to me about this series is learning about someone who I know virtually nothing about!! The music will be great, and learning about the family and how they all interacted and the kind of lives they lived sound fascinating to me. I'm really very excited about this series!!!

Thanks!
Michele R.(CA)
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Michele said...

I'm a subscriber!

Thanks!
Michele R.(CA)
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Michele said...

I'm a subscriber!!

Thanks!
Michele R.(CA)
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bison61 said...

this sounds very interesting, I'd love to know more about the Strauss family

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Joy said...

Looks intriguing

Jodi said...

I love learning more about the 18th century. I would be thrilled to win this and learn more about the men behind the music.

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Betsy said...

The lives, times and struggles of these men will give a hint at the motivation for their music. This is a slant I'd love to see!
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NesieBird said...

I would love to check this out.

klp1965 said...

i love anything to do with music :)

calgirl said...

I love jane Seymour and am excited to see her in another series.

ms-texas said...

looks like it would be interesting - I was not familiar with it before today.

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Jayfr said...

The music of course, and I like stories in this period.

Buki Family said...

I love these kind of films. Based on true stories, historical, but full of twists and turns.

Samantha P said...

18th century drama sounds like it would be very entertaining!

Samantha P said...

also a subscriber!

fancyfeet48 said...

this would be great

yadgirl said...

It's a story about famous musicians.

sharon said...

dh and I love music, sounds like a fabulous DVD, and so interesting, thanks

Kimberly L said...

I find the entire series to be very intriguing. I took piano lessons as a child for many years, and one of my favorite pieces to play to this day is the Blue Danube waltz. It is exciting to know that I have the possibility of owning this series to learn about the life behind the composer.

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Kimberly L said...

I am a feed subscriber. Thank you

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robt6 said...

I like his music but also the history of the times.

purango said...

What's exciting about this series is the story behind the man we only know by his music. The series shows in his time he lived his life daily as we do today. garrettsambo@aol.com

blueviolet said...

The appeal to me is learning the story behind Strauss and his music and being able to hear the music at the same time is a definite plus. Learning about artistic masters is fascinating to me.
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Elizabeth

Jayme Isaacs said...

What's Exciting To Me About This Series Is The Music.
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Sylvia P said...

wow! this sounds like an 18th century OC or something! i love drama, and i'd love this!

Sylvia P said...

also a subscriber!

Susanne said...

I love a good drama!

Rockin' Mama said...

I am excited about seeing Jane Seymour in the series...


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donna444444 said...

Jane Seymour is in it.

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