Johann Strauss II’s The Gypsy Baron (1885) is the first Viennese operetta set in Hungary. It was born out of Strauss’ visits to Budapest and his acquaintanceship with Hungarian writer Mór Jókai. The main characters are Hungarians and Gypsies and these influences are evident in the score, which combines Hungarian csárdás, Gypsy music, and Viennese waltz.
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