Sunday, November 5, 2017
Johann Strauss - Tik Tak Polka op.365
You set your clocks back last night, and so clocks are top of mind today. The Waltz King, Johann Strauss, wrote something for that. It wasn't a waltz, but instead came from his operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat). It is intentionally upbeat, verging on manic. To maximize sales, many 19th century composers would publish short pieces from their longer works as sheet music. Strauss had six such pieces from Die Fledermaus published this way. It was challenging for an amateur to play simply because of its speed, but this has remained one of Strauss' most popular (non-Waltz) pieces.