from Jacque Offenbach's light opera "Orpheus in the Underworld"
Clap, sing, or play along with the rhythm cards!
Listen to this orchestral performance of "Can Can" written by Jacques Offenbach.
How would you describe this song?
Composer JACQUES OFFENBACH
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Jacques Offenbach was born in Germany in 1819 to a musical family. His father taught him the violin as a young boy, and he played the cello as he grew older. He studied music further in France and performed throughout Europe as a cellist. He wrote many operettas (light comic operas) and eventually wrote the famous "Can Can" for his opera "Orpheus in the Underworld." As an older man in his 50's, Offenbach had money problems and toured in the United States to help pay off his debts. Before he died in 1880, he had written more than 100 stage works.
Audiences have enjoyed the Cancan dance for many years. It has French or Algerian origins, and features women wearing petticoats (layers of skirts) while doing a lively dance with high kicks, flips and splits. It was considered shocking in the 1830s when it became popular, because it was new for women to be so acrobatic in a dance. Watch this movie clip of the Cancan dance!
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How would you describe the different sound of our Listening Collection recording of "Can Can?"
Listen for the lyrics or words being sung describing the Cancan dance.
(Think, track, and sing along!)
What does the rhythm sound like?
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What does the melody sound like?
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Which fingers play this song?
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The sharp symbol (#) tells us the pitch or sound is going to be slighly higher. In this song, there is an F# so finger number 4 in the right hand will playing the black key for F#
There is a 1st and 2nd ending in this song. When you reach the repeat sign, go back to the beginning and play the first system (line of music) then skip to the 2nd ending to play the last 2 measures (2.)
Play along using the keyboard image with the video, or download your own keyboard card:
HAND POSITION WITH BOTH THUMBS ON MIDDLE C, RH 4 on F#.
BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE 1ST AND 2ND ENDINGS!
Play along with and without the video using the interactive keyboard below!
PLACE BOTH THUMBS ON MIDDLE C AND THE (RH) FINGER 4 ON F#.
BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE 1ST AND 2ND ENDING!
5 4 3 2 1 2 3 4# 5
How many times did you practice the song?