Sheet Music: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

TitleTritsch-Tratsch Polka
Alternate titlesTrish Trash Polka
Opus numberOp. 214
ComposerJohann Strauss II (1825–1899)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
RangeC#4–A6
Time signature2/4
Tempo160 BPM
Performance time2:35
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2012-01-26
Last updated2012-01-26
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Thursday 26 January 2012

Tune of the Day: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

by Johann Strauss II, transcribed for solo flute

This high-spirited polka was written by Johann Strauss II in 1858. The title “Tritsch-Tratsch” may be interpreted as “Chit-chat”, and probably refers to the Viennese passion for gossip. Strauss may also have been referencing the single-act burlesque Der Tritsch-tratsch by Johann Nepomuk Nestroy, which premiered in 1833 and was still in the stage repertoire at the same time 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.