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Themes from "La Belle Hélène"

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Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach (arr. 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


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

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


Errata

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 by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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


Performances

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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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