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Carmen Suite

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Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (arr. Bullock)

General Info

Year: 1875 / 1983
Duration: c. 14:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $89.00; (digital) - $89.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The story of Carmen is set in Seville, Spain, in 1820. It is the story of a passionate, fickle gypsy girl, Carmen, who is one of six major roles in the opera. The story, in four acts, is action-packed, animated, flowing, and never dragging or uninteresting.

Bizet was well acquainted with Spanish folklore and folk music through his many visits to Spain. For Carmen, he composed a score that was rhythmical, tuneful, and characteristic of the gypsy lifestyle. This adaptation for concert band, a suite in four movements, retains the spirit of the original production.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 28 February 2016
  • Lystharmonikerne (Oslo, Norway) - 2015

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