Themes from "La Belle Hélène"

From Wind Repertory Project
Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach (arr. Jim Mahaffey)

General Info

Year: 1864 / 1997
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $16.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

La Belle Hélène, produced in 1864, is among the greatest of Offenbach’s hits for the stage and a favorite throughout Europe. The story is a delightful satire of the ancient Greek myth of Helen of Troy, the beautiful daughter of the god Zeus and the mortal woman Leda, and a central figure in the Trojan War. This story provided Offenbach a vehicle for broad swipes at French politics and institutions, capturing to perfection the foolishness of the day.

During the Viennese run of the operetta, Edmund Hansch expanded the brief first act orchestra prelude into a full-length overture. This high-spirited arrangement by Jim Mahaffey is based on several themes featured in the overture.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Georgia: III
  • Tennessee: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) University Band (James Popejoy, conductor) - 7 March 2023
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina) Wind Ensemble (Carl Rowles, conductor) – 22 November 2017
  • Oakwood High School (Dayton, Ohio) Band – 27 March 2008

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

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