June 20 birthday of compser, Infernal Galop.

I’m sure everyone has heard this piece, which is often referred to as Can-Can. It comes from Offenbach’s melodrama/operetta, “Orpheus in the Underworld.” It’s based on the ancient Greek myth in which Pluto, god of the underworld, captures Eurydice and takes her down to Hades. When she realizes she is dead, she sings “La mort m’apparaît souriante,” which roughly translated means, considering the context, “Death ain’t so bad when you’re married to a god.” The Galop is a dance conducted for the God, Jupiter, who’s bored at a party, and it succeeds in livening things up.

In 7th grade, my best friend and partner in comedy, Kerry Wade, sang a parody of the Galop to its melody. It went:

“Can-can, yes I can, I can-can, yes I can, I can-can, yes I can,
I know I really can, can-can, yes I can.” Repeat until laughter overwhelms you.

Here’s the full overture.


About kurtnemes
Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

3 Responses to June 20 birthday of compser, Infernal Galop.

  1. darlamsands says:

    It’s a lovely piece. Thank you for this.


  2. Love this piece, and I was laughing about you and your friend’s very familiar ‘yes I can can…’ diddy! It reminded me of a Christmas song, parody, about shopping for the holidays. Have you ever heard this?

    On another ‘note’ *grin* (pun intended)… we’ve been trying to identify a song Mr. Quantum heard in a movie, and wanted to find out what it was. When I began reading your blog today, it occurred to me that you might be able to identify it if you heard it. Unfortunately it’s not available on Youtube just by itself. It’s a French song, that is so familiar to me, but I can’t bring to mind what it is. The question of how you can hear it is a stumbling block. Q said there is a 15 minute medley on YT but we’d have to pinpoint the one we’re curious about?

    Any thoughts, if you can help, will be appreciated.



    • kurtnemes says:

      Thanks. Great puns. Is the French piece for orchestra, piano, other solo instrument or voice? Is it slow or fast. Can you remember where you heard it? If piano, try Erik Satie’s Trois Gymnopedes. If orchestra, tray the Suite from Carmen, especially the Torreador song.


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