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Excerpts & Themes from
The opera Carmen is the most famous of the
compositions by Bizet. It was based on a book
of the same name by Prospere Merimee it was
first performed in 1875 just before his death.
Evidently the initial reception of the opera was
pretty negative partly due to the subject matter.
Massenet and Saint Seans were congratulatory
about the music but Gounod queried the
originality of the musical content. But opinions
were quickly revised after his death and it has
been in the operatic repertoire ever since.
These excerpts and themes from the opera
have been arranged on our percussion
ensemble comprising steel drums,
vibraphone, gamelan and marimba
accompanied by an ocarina.
March of the Toreadors
Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen
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