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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!

Music heard in this episode:
Johann Strauss Jr.: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, “Market at Limoges” and “Samuel Goldenbert and Schmuyle”
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel
Ravel: Mother Goose, “Beauty and the Beast”
Kodaly: Hary Janos
Coates: Three Bears Suite
Coates: London Suite
Johann Strauss Jr.: Der Fledermaus, “Laughing Song”

Other shows about Johann Strauss, Jr.:
About Johann Strauss, Jr.
Other Members of the Strauss Family
The Waltz

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About Johann Strauss, Jr.
10/25/1825 - 6/3/1899
Born in Austria

Johann Strauss, Jr. was born in Vienna, where his father was an enormously famous musician. When the elder Strauss decided that Johann, Jr. should be a banker, his mother encouraged him to go into music.

When he was 19, Johann Strauss, Jr. started his own orchestra, and conducted his first public concert. Eventually, people began to realize that the younger Strauss was even better than his father.

Strauss toured internationally with his orchestra. And everywhere he went, he wrote new music dedicated to the places he visited. In addition to all the waltzes and marches he wrote, Johann Strauss, Jr. composed 16 operettas -- a very popular form of entertainment in his day.

See other composers born in Austria


This Week's Quiz:

1. Composers often use music to imitate talking, laughing and shouting.



2.Who wrote a piece based on a Czech story called The Noonday Witch?






3. What opera by Zoltan Kodaly starts with a musical sneeze?

The Magic Flute


William Tell

Der Rosenkavalier

Hary Janos


Johann Strauss, Jr.
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Composed in 1858
Performed by CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra
Ondrej Lenard, conductor

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