Drum Major's Daughter, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach (arr. Lawrence Odom)

General Info

Year: 1879 / 1974
Duration: c.6:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $4.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Harp (or Piano)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra bells
  • Snare Drum


  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, m. 333: Delete this measure (there should be only 4 measures of the dotted eighth-sixteenth note figure).

Program Notes

The last production by Offenbach, La Fille du tambour-major, (1879) is no longer performed, but its overture remains in the symphonic repertory. The liveliness of the overture portrays the excitement and romance to be found in the operettas by Offenbach, master of this mid-19th-century medium, which captivated the sophisticated audiences of Paris and, later, audiences in centers of culture throughout Europe and America.

- Program note from Program Notes for Band

The Drum-Major’s Daughter Overture (1879) is an opéra-comique, or operetta, in three acts. The French libretto was written by Alfred Duru and Henri Charles Chivot. It was first staged at the Folies-Dramatiques in Paris on December 13, 1879. This late Offenbach piece followed Madame Favart (1878) and would soon be followed by Offenbach's masterpiece, Tales of Hoffman. This was the last of his operas that Offenbach lived to see produced. The piece was very successful, running for over 240 performances in its initial production and enjoying many foreign productions into the 1880s, although it did not retain the popularity outside of France of some of some Offenbach pieces.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphonic Winds concert program, 19 February 2017


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Arkansas: V
  • California: V Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Tennessee: V. Complete
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • East Carolina University (Greenville) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Joseph Busuito, conductor) - 3 February 2023
  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble Concert Band (Alfred Dentino, conductor) – 12 December 2017
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 19 February 2017
  • ACB 2013 Convention Band (Cmdr. (ret.) Allen E. Beck, conductor) - 6 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))
  • University of Michigan Band - Winter 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Offenbach, J.; Odom, L. (1975). The Drum-Major’s Daughter : Overture [score]. Neil A. Kjos : Park Ridge, Il.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 452.