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La Gallina

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (arr. Di Scala)

Subtitle: Danse Cubaine

General Info

Year: 1869 / 2015
Duration: 2:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (2 on a part)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef)
Double Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Timpani
  • Xylophone
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Claves
  • Cowbell (small)
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Quica


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

La Gallina or “The Hen”, opus 53, is subtitled “Danse Cubaine”, which is of course Cuban Danse. It is really a fairly traditional ragtime piece from 1869 originally published by William Hall & Son (although wasn’t called ragtime at the time), with syncopated rhythms and follows an altered rondo form: Intro ABABCBA originally for piano. It was later republished in 1973 by Dover in the compilation “Piano Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk.”

The arranger notes that La Gallina is a very funny descriptive piece from Gottschalk’s visits to Cuba. It comes complete with avian clucks and squawks. Gottschalk’s Cuban chicken struts to the habanera rhythm but also at times on the verge of a cakewalk, making it a mid-nineteenth-century progenitor of jazz and ragtime.

- Program Note by arranger

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 12 July 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer


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