What’s a Galop?

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A copper engraving of the 'Great Galop' of Johann Strauss (1839).

Horses gallop with two L’s, but in music a galop is spelled with only one L and no four-legged animals are included, just two-legged ones who are dancing. This week on Classics for Kids, learn all about musical galops.

Music used within the program:

Kabalevsky: Galop from The Comedians

Johann Strauss, Sr:  Chinese Galop

Johann Strauss, Sr: Bandits’ Galop

Johann Strauss, Jr:  Klipp-Klapp Galop

Lanner: Tourbillon Galop (Whirlwind)

Schubert: Grazer Galop

Waldteufel: Grande Vitesse Galop

Smetana: Bayadere Galop

Liszt: Grand Galop Chromatique

Gottschalk: Tournament Galop

Sousa: Galop On Wings of Lightning

Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda