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Flower Song

from the Opera Lakme

By Leo Delibes

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Orchestra String Orchestra - Medium
From the Opera Lakme. Composed by Leo Delibes (1836-1891). Arranged by Doris Gazda. Carl Fischer Concert String Orchestra Series. Classical. Score and Parts. With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #CAS35. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.CAS35).

Item Number: CF.CAS35

ISBN 9780825863622. 8.5 x 11 inches. Key: C major.

The Flower Duet from 19th-Century French composer Delibes best-known opera has been sensitively set by string music professional, Doris Gazda. This gorgeous tune became phenomenally well-known as the result of its use in a British Airways commercial, and will be recognized by students from its many uses in films and TV shows, including The Simpsons.
Lakme is an opera in three acts by the French composer Leo Delives (1836-1891). It takes place in India during the years that the British occupied the country and is the story of Gerald, a young British army officer who falls in love with Lakme, the daughter of a Brahmin priest. As is common in opera stories, the love between Lakme and Gerald is thwarted by Lakme's father. Gerald returns to his army post, and Lakme eats a poisonous plant and dies. One of the most famous songs in this opera is the "Flower Song," which is sung by Lakme and her servant, Millika, in a beautiful temple garden. The song is part of the standard opera repertoire. It became famous when it was heard by millions on television on commercials for British Airways. It has been used in movies and in TV shows such as The Simpsons. When you play Flower Song, try to use long, legato bow strokes and a continuous vibrato. Listen to the orchestra as it weaves through the melodic and harmonic lines and make your part blend in with the entire group.

About Carl Fischer Concert String Orchestra Series

This series of pieces (Grade 3 and higher) is designed for advancing ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:

  • Expanded use of rhythms, ranges and keys but technical demands are still carefully considered
  • More comprehensive bowing techniques
  • Viola T.C. included
  • Careful selection of keys and degree of difficulty for advancing musicians

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