Selections from "Carmen"

From Wind Repertory Project
Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (arr. Chris Sharp)

General Info

Year: 1875 / 2018
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: C. Sharp Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Castanets, mounted
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Georges Bizet's Carmen is perhaps the best known of all operas. It enjoys the unique distinction of containing within it no less than five widely recognized melodies. As such it has been exploited over the past few decades as the background music for everything from television commercials to video games to the soundtrack of the 1976 Little League baseball film, The Bad News Bears.

First performed in 1875, Bizet's work tells the story of a love triangle between naïve soldier, Don José, his love interest, the fiery gypsy girl Carmen, and the dashing matador Escamillo with whom Carmen is infatuated. Written in the French opéra comique style, where musical numbers are separated by periods of spoken dialogue, the story is anything but comic, as themes of betrayal and death are played out.

For this medley of tunes from the opera, some of the most recognizable themes are presented, including the Fate motive, the tango-like Habanera, and the iconic Toreador Song. They are arranged as a continuous overture, with each song progressing directly into the next. Many textures and instrumental combinations are employed to simulate the various songs and arias being accompanied by the opera orchestra.

After the Fate theme introduction, the Habanera section features a solo alto saxophone against the full ensemble's punctuations. Alto-range instruments combine for the stately bullfight section of the Toreador Song, and the full ensemble joins in for the up-tempo march section. Percussion is used extensively through this arrangement, including a short mallets-only break in the middle of the Toreador Song featuring a passage from the opera's Danse Bohéme (Gypsy dance).

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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