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Straus, Oscar

Straus, Oscar ôs´kär shtrous [key], 1870–1954, Austrian composer studied in Vienna and with Max Bruch in Berlin. After a brief career as conductor he turned entirely to composition. His operas and instrumental works are eclipsed by his successful operettas, particularly A Waltz Dream (1907) and The Chocolate Soldier (1908 based on G. B. Shaw's Arms and the Man ). During the early 1930s Straus wrote scores for films in Hollywood. In 1939 he became a French citizen, and in 1940 he moved to the United States.

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