Carmen Suite II (arr Laughlin)

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Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (arr. Tim Laughlin)

General Info

Year: 1875 / 2020
Duration: c. 22:00
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Tim Laughlin
Cost: Score and Parts - $74.95   |   Score Only - $15.00


1. Marche des contrebandiers
2. Habañera
3. Nocturne
4. Chanson des Toréadors
5. La Garde Montante
6. Danse Bohême


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle
  • Tambourine


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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 Habañera from act 1 and the Toréador 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


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