Compositions
Georges Bizet

(1838 - 1875)
The son of professional musicians Bizet entered the Paris Conservatory at the age of nine and won the Prix de Rome in 1857. He was a gifted pianist and composed instrumental music in his teens. Bizet is celebrated for his opera Carmen (1875) based on a story by Mérimée. One of the most popular operas ever written Carmen has music that is lush, melodic and brilliantly orchestrated. It unfolds a story of love, hate, jealousy, and murder set in the exotic world of Spanish Gypsies and bullfighters. Bizet's other works include the operas The Pearlfishers (1863), The Fair Maid of Perth (1867), and Djamileh (1872); Symphony in C Major (1855); and incidental music to Daudet's L'Arlésienne, in the form of two orchestral suites.

Composition timpani and percussion requirements

Carmen (Opera)

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
3 percussion
Snare drum, orchestral bass drum, tambourine, triangle, clash cymbals, castanets
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Carmen Suite No 1

Timpani + 4 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, snare drum, tambourine, triangle
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Carmen Suite No 2

Timpani + 4 percussion
Clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, tambourine, triangle
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Jeux d' Enfants

Timpani + 3 percussion
Snare drum, clash cymbals, triangle
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L' Arlésienne Suite No 1

Timpani + 1 percussion
Snare drum
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L' Arlésienne Suite No 2

Timpani + 3 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, tambour Provencale, clash cymbals
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The Pearl Fishers

Timpani + 4 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, triangle, tambourine, tam tam, snare drum
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