Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) was a German-born French composer and cellist and composed almost 100 operettas. He was significant on later operetta composers, such as Johann Strauss II and Arthur Sullivan, and many of his stage works are still in the repertory into the 21st-century.

The Galop Infernal is from Orpheus in the Underworld, composed in 1858 and revised in 1874, and was Offenbach’s first full opera. At the end of the 19th-century it became one of the world’s most famous pieces of music when the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère adopted it as the regular music for their can-can. The Galop is now better known as The Can-Can.