Two generations of Viennese produced some of the most memorable music of the 19th century. Hundreds of instantly recognizable, enduring melodies were enjoyed in the marble palaces and the wine bars of the Viennese woods. This was a talented family riven with tension, feuds and jealousy, living in a city that was desperate but not serious, in a country that sparkled with waltzing but was unraveling between vineyard and Danube. What appeared to be a bright future in Vienna proved to be a setting sun. Through the personal and political chaos, the Strauss family composed hundreds of waltzes and polkas to which the Viennese - anxious to forget their troubles - danced and drank as they and their country hurtled towards the First World War, and oblivion.