Overture to "Voyage to the Moon"

From Wind Repertory Project
Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach (trans. John R. Bourgeois)

General Info

Year: 1875 / 2017
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $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
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-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

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


  • Flute I, m.15: second quarter note should be a G-natural, not G-flat.
  • Flute I, m.16: note should be a C, not an E.
  • Flute II, m.13-14: note should possibly be D, followed by C-natural
  • Trombone II, m.148: note should be C, not B-flat.
  • Trombone III, m.148: note should be A-natural, not G.

Program Notes

Jacques Offenbach's operetta Voyage to the Moon tells the enchanting story of a prince who sets out on an adventure to travel to the moon. Premiered in Paris in October of 1875, the production was loosely based on the popular Jules Verne novel From the Earth to the Moon and spared no expense in making it a major theatrical event. This lively and exuberant overture contains various themes from the operetta, including a beautifully lyric horn solo, before concluding with a brilliant can-can-like presto that Offenbach is famous for. The musical flair and dance-like exuberance brilliantly reflect the grand spectacle of the stage presentation.

- Program Note from publisher

Le voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) is an opéra-féerie in four acts and 23 scenes by Jacques Offenbach. Loosely based on the novel From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne, its French libretto was by Albert Vanloo, Eugène Leterrier and Arnold Mortier.

It premiered on 26 October 1875 at the Théâtre de la Gaîté.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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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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