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The Can-Can

Composed by Jacques Offenbach

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The Can-Can

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Jacques Offenbach
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) was a German-born French composer and impresario of the romantic period. He is best remembered for nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera “The Tales of Hoffmann”. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss, Jr. and Arthur Sullivan.
The Can-can
The “Can-can” is a high-energy and physically demanding music hall dance, traditionally performed by a chorus line of female dancers who wear costumes with long skirts, petticoats, and black stockings. The main features of the dance are the lifting and manipulation of the skirts, with high kicking and suggestive, provocative body movements. It first appeared in the working-class ballrooms of Montparnasse in Paris in around 1830. The dance did cause something of a scandal, and for a while, there were attempts to repress it. Occasionally people dancing the can-can were arrested but it was never officially banned.

Arranged by Tom Barton

An Original Arrangement for Superbrass

2:00 Minutes
4 Trumpets
1 Horn in F
3 Trombones
1 Euphonium
1 Tuba
2 Percussion (Both optional)

Percussion section requires: Timpani, Triangle and Suspended Cymbal,