Galop (arr Bourgeois)

From Wind Repertory Project
Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach (arr. John R Bourgeois)

Subtitle: From Genevieve de Brabant (1859)

General Info

Year: 1867 / 2001
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra and voice
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


  • Xylophone, m.10: The mini-measure after m.10 should include a whole rest.

Program Notes

German-born French composer and impresario Jacques Offenbach made his name as the creator of nearly 100 operettas. Although today he is considered a master of the comic opera, he could not find lasting favor with the management of the famous Opera Comique in Paris. In 1855 he opened a small theater of his own along the Champs-Elysées that he called the Théatre des Bouffes Parisiens. The room barely seated 300 people, but his timing was impeccable, as the opening of the theater coincided with the Paris Exposition of that year when thousands of international visitors flocked to the city. Offenbach composed a series of rapidly produced works including his first full-length operetta, Orphee aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld), which continues to be one of his most often performed. The breakneck process of keeping the productions fresh and audiences entertained necessitated efficient writing; the works often featured formulaic but provocative plot elements including military satire and risque humor, as well as the obligatory inclusion of popular dance numbers like the waltz, can-can, polka, and galop.

The year following the tremendous success of Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach’s Genevieve de Brabant was first staged at the Theatre des Bouffes Parisiens in 1859, but received only a luke-warm reception. In 1867, Offenbach once more used this title to produce a new version of the work, now expanded to three acts with an updated libretto and new music. This time the production was a hit, due in part to the addition of two military characters that appear at a key moment during the second act and sing a comic duet. The lively galop became well-known in its own right both throughout France and beyond, and the melody embedded in the middle of the duet is believed to be the musical source of the oldest U.S. service song, The Marines’ Hymn.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 14 December 2016


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Offenbach, J.; Bourgeois, J. (2001). Galop from Genevieve de Brabant (1859): For Concert Band. [score]. Wingert-Jones Music: Kansas City, MO.