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Suite from Carmen (arr Godfrey)

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Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (arr. Dan Godfrey)


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General Info

Year: 1875 / 1915
Duration: c. 17:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Chappell
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


Instrumentation

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Errata

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Program Notes

This suite was arranged for military band from the original orchestral score by Dan Godfrey. It was included in Chappell's Army Journal, no. 423.


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

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State Ratings

  • Tennessee: VI


Performances

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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 14 July 2019


Works for Winds by This Composer

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Resources

  • Bizet, G; Godfrey, D.; Sousa Archives and Center for America Music (1915). Suite from the Opera Carmen [score]. Chappell & Co.: London.
  • Carmen, Wikipedia Accessed 16 September 2020
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 70.