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Carmen Fantasy (Borne)

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François Borne

Francois Borne (trans. and ed. Oliver)


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Subtitle: Based on Music from the Opera by Georges Bizet; For Solo Flute and Wind Band


General Info

Year: 1875 / 1918 / 2011
Duration: c. 11:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ayotte Custom Musical Engravings
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00; (digital) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $13.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Flute Solo
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Carmen Fantasy (1918). After a short introduction, suggesting the doom that is sure to follow, the flute enters, and quickly introduces what sounds like an improvisation not heard in the opera. It suggests the fluttering of a bird (Carmen sings that "love is like a bird that flies when you try to catch it"). Shortly after this, there is the menacing "Fate Motive," which is repeated throughout the opera as an omen of death.

The famous Habanera is played straight, without the impromptu quality of the previous section, but in the repeat, the flute plays variations on the theme over a traditional orchestral background. After this comes Les Dragons d'Alcala, a military number which was an Entr'acte in the opera; that is, an unsung interlude between acts. Then, while the orchestra plays the Song of the Toréadors, the flute improvises rapidly, and the work comes to a rousing close.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphonic Winds concert program, 23 March 2016


The flute research book by Frans Vester dates this composition as 1880.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Wind Ensemble (John Climer, conductor; Jeremiah Willson, flute) – 18 October 2019
  • Harding University (Searcy, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Mike Chance, conductor; Mallory Harrison, flute) – 9 April 2019
  • State College (Penn.) Municipal Band (Ned Diehl, conductor; Naomi Seidman, flute) - 8 May 2016
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Joe Manfredo, conductor; Alexandra Clar) – 18 February 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Martin H. Seggleke, conductor; Pam Schuett, flute) – 23 March 2016
  • Adam Sadberry, flute - 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources