Johann Strauss, Jr.

Musical Conversation

Tritsch-Tratsch -- the title of a polka by Johann Strauss, Jr. -- is Austrian slang for "chit-chat." A lot of composers used music to portray people making sounds: talking, laughing, crying -- even sneezing!

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Music In This Episode

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Pictures at an Exhibition, "Market at Limoges" and Samuel Goldenbert and Schmuyle"

Don Quixote

Till Eulenspiegel

Mother Goose, "Beauty and the Beast"

Hary Janos

Three Bears Suite

London Suite

Der Fledermaus, "Laughing Song"