Tritsch-Tratsch Polka (flex)

From Wind Repertory Project
Johann Strauss Jr

Johann Strauss Jr. (arr. Masahiro Shiraiwa)

General Info

Year: 1858 /
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet

Part 2

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet

Part 4

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • Horn in F
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Bassoon


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka is a polka written by Johann Strauss II in 1858 after a successful tour of Russia where he performed in the summer concert season at Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg. The title may be interpreted as “chit-chat” and may refer to the Viennese passion for gossip. Strauss may also have been referencing the single act burlesque Der Tritsch-tratsch which premiered in 1833 and was still in the stage repertoire when the polka was written. Many point out that the title may also have meant his first wife’s poodle, also named Tritsch-tratsch, but this etymology remains unsubstantiated as well. The mood of the piece is jaunty and high-spirited, as were many of Strauss’ polkas.

- Program Note by the Buchholz High School Wind Symphony concert program, 17 December 2014

It was composed by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) in 1858, and the German word "Tritsch Tratsch" can be translated as "pechachacha" [gossip?] by a woman. Although the original work is small, it is a very carefully crafted work.

We are conscious of the light rhythm of polka and expect an ensemble with a good breath.

- Program Note by arranger (roughly translated through Google Translate)


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