Can-Can (Offenbach)


The famous Can-Can music comes from Offenbach’s opera “Orpheus in the Underworld”, from which the selection “Galop Infernal” was adopted by Paris cabarets for their can-can dances. This intermediate level arrangement contains not only the main theme, but represents the full range of themes from this dramatic opera number. Filled with exciting articulations, bold dynamics, and more, this lively arrangement is the perfect crowd pleaser and performs excellently as a well-known early intermediate piano recital choice.

BONUS: Because the largest harmonic interval is a Major 6th, pianists with small hands can easy play this without sacrificing musicality or altering chords. (LH octaves at the end are optional.)

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Early Intermediate


G Major, C Major


3 plus repeat and D.C. al Coda

Teaching Tools

staccato, dynamics, repeat with 2nd ending, D.C. al Coda, sforzando, tenuto, accents, articulations, key change, ledger lines, accidentals, chords (G Maj, C Maj), chord inversions, seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths, eighths, scale, thumb under, contrary motion

Largest Interval (for hand span)

M6 (with P8 jumps and optional P8 harmonic intervals)


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