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Flower Duet from "Lakmé"

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Léo Delibes

Léo Delibes (arr. Brubaker)

General Info

Year: 1883 / 2004
Duration: c. 3:07
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
Solo C Flute I-II
Solo B-flat Clarinet I-II
Solo E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Opera Lakmé is set in Inda, under British rule, in the nineteenth century. Lakméis the beautiful daughter of Nilakantha, a Brahmin priest who is guardian of a sacred temple. Mallika is Lakmé's servant and companion. A thick bamboo forest surround a flowing grden near the temple. In early morning, Lakmé and Mallika sing this pastoral duet as they begin their morning tasks.

-Program Note from publisher

Lakmé is an opera in three acts by Léo Delibes to a French libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille. The score, written in 1881–1882, was first performed on 14 April 1883 by the Opéra Comique at the Salle Favart in Paris. Set in British India in the mid-19th century, Lakmé is based on Théodore Pavie's story "Les babouches du Brahamane" and novel Le Mariage de Loti byPierre Loti.

The opera includes the popular Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais) for sopranos performed in Act 1 by Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika. The opera's most famous aria is the Bell Song (L'Air des clochettes) in Act 2.

Like other French operas of the period, Lakmé captures the ambience of the Orient seen through Western eyes, which was periodically in vogue during the latter part of the nineteenth century and in line with other operatic works such as Bizet's The Pearl Fishers and Massenet's Le roi de Lahore.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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