Can-Can, The

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Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach (arr. Joan Thorp)

General Info

Year: 1858 / 2008
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Thorp Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - AUS$64.15

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute I
  • Oboe
  • E-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • E-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I
  • Soprano Cornet
  • Solo Cornet
  • Repiano Cornet
  • Violin I
  • Keyboard Percussion

Part 2

  • Flute II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet II
  • B-flat Cornet II
  • Flugelhorn
  • Solo Tenor Horn
  • Violin II

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • B-flat Cornet III
  • Tenor Horn I
  • F Horn
  • Trombone I
  • Euphonium
  • Violin III
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon I
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Tenor Horn II
  • Horn in F II
  • Trombone II
  • Baritone T.C.
  • Euphonium
  • Cello I

Part 5

  • Bassoon II
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Bass Trombone
  • Baritone T.C. II
  • Euphonium II
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • B-flat Bass
  • E-flat Bass
  • Bass Guitar
  • Cello II

Additional Parts (optional)

  • Piano
  • Timpani
  • Bass Drum
  • Drum Kit
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle
  • Guitar


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on the famous melody from Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach's famous high-kicking classic is always well received. Perfect for an energetic, crowd-clapping encore.

- Program Note from publisher

Orpheus in the Underworld and Orpheus in Hell are English names for Orphée aux enfers, a comic opera with music by Jacques Offenbach and words by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy. It was first performed as a two-act "opéra bouffon" at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris, on 21 October 1858.

Fifteen years or so after Offenbach's death the galop from Act 2 (or Act 4 in the 1874 version) became one of the world's most famous pieces of music, when the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère adopted it as the regular music for their can-can. Offenbach scholar Jean-Christophe Keck has commented that the original "infernal galop" was a considerably more spontaneous and riotous affair than the fin de siècle can-can (Keck likens the original to a modern rave), but the tune is now inseparable in the public mind from high-kicking female can-can dancers.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Adaptable Music

  • The Can-Can (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Thorp) (1858/2008)

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