Minuet from "L’Arlésienne Suite"

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Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (arr. Kevin Walko)

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General Info

Year: 1872 /
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Manuscript (U.S. Army Field Band)
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Georges Bizet composed L'Arlésienne as incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play of the same name, usually translated as "The Girl from Arles." It was first performed on 1 October 1872 at the Vaudeville Theatre. Bizet's music consists of 27 numbers for voice, chorus, and small orchestra, ranging from short solos to longer entr'actes.

Bizet's suite contains several folk-like themes for the music but also incorporated three existing tunes from a folk-music collection published by Vidal of Aix in 1864: La Marcho di Rei (The March of the Kings), the Danse dei Chivau-Frus, and Er dou Guet. Still, it received poor reviews in the wake of the premiere and is not much performed nowadays in its original form. The play itself was not successful, closing after only 21 performances.

The incidental music has survived and flourished, however. It is most often heard in the form of two suites for orchestra. The Minuet, marked Allegro giocoso, is the second movement of the first suite, dated 1872.

- Program Note excerpted from Wikipedia


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