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Carmen Suite (tr Buckley)

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Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (arr. Ernest Guiraud; trans. Lewis J Buckley)


Subtitle: Selected Movements from Carmen Suites 1 and 2


General Info

Year: 1875 / 2018
Duration: c. 16:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Cimarron Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00; (digital) - $150.00


Movements

1. Les Toréadors
2. Habanera
3. La Garde Mantante
4. Nocturne
5. Danse Boheme


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a eponymous novella by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the Habanera from act 1 and the Toreador Song from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.

The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous torero Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality, and lawlessness, and the tragic death of the main character on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


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State Ratings

  • Texas: IV and V. Complete


Performances

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  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Louis J. Buckley, conductor) – 5 May 2019


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