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Georges Bizet: Carmen: Mixed Choir And Accomp.

Standard Version with sung recitatives

COMPOSER: Georges Bizet
PUBLISHER: G. Schirmer
INSTRUMENTATION: Opera
PRODUCT FORMAT: Libretto
Although almost unanimously condemned by contemporary Parisian critics for its overt sexuality and graphic final scene, Carmen ultimately reached the public in a way that perhaps no other opera has. Bizet's aim (with Meilhac andHalevy, who wrote the libretto) had been to transform the flaccid,
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Composer Georges Bizet
Publisher G. Schirmer
Instrumentation Opera
Number of pages 56
Product Format Libretto
Description Product Type Book [Softcover]
Genre Opera / Operette
Style Period Romantic
Year of Publication 1986
ISBN 9780793526208
UPC 073999434583
Series G. Schirmer's Collection of Opera Librettos
No. HL50340070
Product Dimensions 10,50 x 6,75 Inch
Description
Although almost unanimously condemned by contemporary Parisian critics for its overt sexuality and graphic final scene, Carmen ultimately reached the public in a way that perhaps no other opera has. Bizet's aim (with Meilhac andHalevy, who wrote the libretto) had been to transform the flaccid, moralistic bourgeois genre of opéra comique into a more sophisticated type of staged work, and he seems to have suceeded in Carmen. Each character has a musicalsignificance and a unique expressive idiom, the ultimate example being the dangerous, exotic, sensual Carmen herself, depicted by an exotic and sinewy chromatic motive that also implies the insurmountable power of fate. In aclassic plot device, she is contrasted with the 'good girl' of the opera Micaela, whose main aria is set in the ternary form of the elevated bel canto French Grand Opera aria to imply her traditionally 'ladylike' retiring nature.Don José's musical styles reflect different levels in his descent from dutiful soldier to the underworld of obsession.

This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto in the original French with an English translation by Ruthand Thomas Martin.
Song List
  • 1. Carmen
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