Einfuhrung und Kommentar. Composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Edited by Kurt Pahlen. This edition: SEM 8002; original edition, 6th edition, 2005. Books/Librettos. Operas of the world. Text/libretto. With Text language: French - German. Composed 1873-75. 351 pages. Duration 180 minutes. Published by Schott Music (SD.49041671).
Item Number: SD.49041671
Based on the subject of the eponymous novella by Prosper Merimee, 'Carmen' is George Bizet's last work. The composer died a few weeks after the unsuccessful world premiere in Paris on 3 March 1875. To the opera-lover of today, it is inconceivable that this work with its numerous wonderful 'Spanish' melodies and rhythms - developed by Bizet virtually 'from afar' as he had never travelled through Spain - could ever be a failure. Over the course of time, however, 'Carmen' has become one of the most popular and most frequently played operas long since.Apart from the libretto, this edition contains introductory commentaries of Kurt Pahlen who also adds information on the compositional structure and context to the musical as well as external and internal dramatic action of the opera. A short synopsis and a brief outline of the genesis bring the work into relation with the composer's entire oeuvre and life, thus offering a comprehensive, richly illustrated introduction.