Salmagundi presents fragments of familiar German and English folksongs in an atonal texture. The sections are arranged in an alternating chain of four slow and four fast tempi, the slow parts being concerned with a dodecophonic Hänschen klein (who also creeps into the third fast section) and the fast parts with:
- Ein Männchen steht im Walde,
- This Old Man,
- 76 Trombones, and
- What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?