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    Tritsch Tratsch Polka.

    Michael Cull.

    by Michael Cull.

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    This was written by Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899) in 1858 after a successful tour of Russia where he performed at the summer concert season at Pavlovsk near St. Petersburg.
    The title may be interpreted as "Chit-Chat" and may refer to the Viennese passion for gossip, although Strauss's reference may be alluded to the one-Act burlesque 'Der Tritsch-tratsch' by the famous Austrian dramatist and actor Johann Nepomuk Nestroy, which was premiered in 1833 and was still in the stage repertoire at the same time the polka was written.
    The mood of the piece is jaunty and high-spirited, as were many of Strauss' polkas, and many point out that the title may also have referred to his first wife's (Henrietta Treffz) poodle, also named Tritsch-tratsch; but this remains unsubstantiated.