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George Bizet

You will recognize the melody of his L’Arlesienne Suite (often heard at Christmas or Epiphany) as well as some of instrumental themes from his groundbreaking opera Carmen. George Bizet (1838-1875) was a French composer of the Romantic Era. Though acknowledged as immensely talented, Bizet achieved few concert successes during his lifetime. He was warmly acknowledged by fellow composers Berlioz, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, and Liszt, but had troubles earning a living. He was still obliged, for much of his life, to undertake the musical hackwork that only the most successful French composers were able to avoid. Stories of his moodiness and readiness to pick a quarrel suggest a profound inner uncertainty.

Suite No 1 from Carmen

Suite No. 1 from Carmen. Composer: Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)

L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1

The suite opens with a strong energetic theme which is based on the Epiphany carol “March of the Kings” played by the violins. The melody is most often heard as Christmas music. L’Arlesienne Suite Suite No. 1. Composer: Georges Bizet (1838 –...

Suite No 2 from Carmen

Suite No. 2 from Carmen. Composer: Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)