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Overture to "La Vie Parisienne"

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Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach (arr. Kenneth Singleton)

General Info

Year: 1866 / 2004
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Grand Mesa Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (optional)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II, including:

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This extremely colorful young band transcription is one of French composer Offenbach's most famous opera overtures. This setting is energetic and transparent, proceeding through a number of moods and styles before concluding with an exciting Can-Can.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Colorado Honor Band Association. Dedicated to Harley Brown, Director.

- Program Note from score

La Vie Parisienne (Parisian life) is an opéra bouffe, or operetta, composed by Jacques Offenbach, with a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. This work was Offenbach's first full-length piece to portray contemporary Parisian life, unlike his earlier period pieces and mythological subjects. It became one of Offenbach's most popular operettas.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: II


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

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