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Whoopee in D Major

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Henry Brant

Henry Brant

Subtitle: Overture for a Fine Orchestra

General Info

Year: 1938 / 1984 / 2002
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $24.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An early (1938) non-spatial work by Brant, this piece satirizes the standard light opera/musical comedy overture using a fragment from a well-known Bach cantata.

- Program Note from publisher

Whoopee in D is a reworking of the overture to my unproduced comic opera, Entente Cordiale-A Satire with Music (1936). The overture is based on the melody J.S. Bach added to the chorale Wachet auf, and treated successively as a polka, rumba and galop, with more or less irrelevant circus interludes. This was partly to annoy my then-piano teacher who customarily played this chorale as an encore at his piano recitals.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Brant, H.; Bach, J. (1938, rev. 1984). Whoopee in D Major: Overture for a Fine Orchestra [score]. C. Fischer: [New York].