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Whisky-Galop

Instrumentation/Complement of players
3-2-2-2, 4-3-3-1, timp., 2 perc., str.
Year of creation
1999
Premiered:
1999
Duration:
4 min.
Dedicated to/originally written for:
Sjællands Symfoniorkester/Copenhagen Phil. with support from the Statens Kunstfond
About the work:

Whisky-Galop became reality upon a request from composer H.C. Lumbye’s own orchestra, the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra/Sjællands Symfoniorkester/Copenhagen Phil: Would it be possible to make a contemporary Champagne Galop? And the reply was: Use a champagne glass, fill it up with whisky, and we shall soon be having fun.

Whisky-Galop may be taken as Lumbye’s galop on speed: So to say,  the interesting things are not few and far between since it is stuffed with fun, lyric, grotesque, and absurd ideas. The piece was included in the Copenhagen Phil.’s New Year concerts.