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Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop

Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop
by Hans Christian Lumbye
EnglishCopenhagen Steam Railway Galop
Native nameKjöbenhavns Jernbane-Damp-Galop
GenreOrchestral music
Performed29 June 1847 (1847-06-29): Tivoli, Copenhagen
Published18 June 1847 (1847-06-18):

The Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop (Danish: Kjöbenhavns Jernbane-Damp-Galop), often just called the Railway Galop (Danish: Jernbanegaloppen), is a musical composition by the Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye (1810–1874) which was written to celebrate the opening of the Copenhagen–Roskilde railway line in 1847.

It is one of Hans Christian Lumbye's best known and popular works, and together with Lumbye's Telegraph Galop and Champagne Galop, it was included in the 2006 Danish Culture Canon as a masterpiece of Danish classical music.[1]


The Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop was composed for the opening of the Copenhagen–Roskilde railway line on 26 June 1847, the first railway line in the Kingdom of Denmark. The piece was performed for the first time on 29 June in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.[2]


The piece is a good example of the entertaining music Lumbye liked to compose. It faithfully recreates the sounds of a steam engine chugging out of a station and grinding to a halt at the next stop, traditionally ending with the cry "Next stop Roskilde - the train does not go any further".


For a long time popular within Denmark, the piece has in recent years gained increasing popularity and was featured in the Vienna New Year's Concert in 2012.[3] It's also been recorded multiple times, being included on over 20 albums.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Telegraph-Galop, 1844, Champagne-Galop, 1845, Kjöbenhavns Jernbane-Damp-Galop, 1847, H.C. Lumbye (1810–1874)" Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine, in Kulturkontacten 20, 2006. (in Danish) Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  2. ^ "H. C. LUMBYE COMPOSITIONS sorted by year". Retrieved 22 March 2024.
  3. ^ The 2012 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert With Mariss Jansons, Retrieved 22 March 2024
  4. ^ "Hans Christian Lumbye, Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop for orchestra (or piano) (Kjøbenhjavns Jernbane-Damp-Galop)", AllMusic. Retrieved 22 March 2024.
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