How to play The Can Can on Saxophone

On this page, we'll be learning how to play The Can Can on Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone or Soprano Saxophone!

Officially known as "Galop infernal", this piece was written by French composer Jacques Offenbach for his 1958 comic opera Orphée aux enfers ("Orpheus in the Underworld" or "Orpheus in Hell"). During the 19th century it became associated with the Can Can (also spelled can-can or cancan), a high-kicking dance originating in the cabarets of 1840s France. As the staple accompaniment for the Can Can at the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère, this piece became one of the most famous in the world – some 15 years after its composer's death.


These are the keys on your saxophone you'll be using to play this song:

Saxophone fingering diagram

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