Tritsch Tratsch Polka


Composer: Johann Strauss II

Arranger: Michael T. Blanton

Octaves Handbell: 5 – 7

Octaves Handchimes: n/a

Level: 4+



This high-spirited Tritsch Tratsch Polka (chit-chat) was written by Strauss in 1858 and perhaps entitled ‘chit-chat’ since the Viennese people of that time apparently had a passion for gossip! Another opinion referred to a burlesque show entitled Der Tritschtratsch which was appearing on stage in Vienna. In any event, Michael created a delightful arrangement for handbells – filled with perfectly-placed stopped sounds (mallets, marts, TD) complete with a variety of dynamics. The quick tempo, grace notes, and multiple key changes will delight the audience and challenge your group. Strauss certainly would have enjoyed this setting!

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