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Habanera from the opera Carmen - Saxophone Quartet (SATB)

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By Georges Bizet

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Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax - Digital Download
Composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Arranged by Alexander L Burden. Romantic Period, Opera. Score, Set of Parts. 8 pages. Published by Burden Music (S0.203151).

Item Number: S0.203151

Genre: Opera for Chamber Ensemble

Length: 1:45

Instrumentation: Saxophone Quartet (SATB)

Habanera is the popular name for L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Loveis a rebellious bird), one of the most famous arias from Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen. During the opera, this aria marks entrance of the title character, a mezzo-soprano role, in scene 5 of the first act. The work is based on a descending chromatic scale followed by variants of the same phrase in first the minor. This fun arrangement for saxophone quartet is sure to be a crowd favorite and includes optional altissimo passages in the soprano and alto parts.

The Composer:

Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875), was a French composer of the romantic era. He is best known for his career in opera, which was cut short by his early death. Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire.

The Arranger:


Alexander Burden is a Florida born, professional musician and music educator residing in Southwest Florida. There, he is the music teacher at Westside Elementary in Clewiston. Concurrent with his duties at Westside, he also teaches private and group instrumental music lessons and preforms regularly with various professional ensembles throughout Southwest Florida. Burden holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an instrumental concentration from the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. There he studied under world renowned saxophonist Mario Bernardo. He also holds an Associate of Arts degree with a Music Education and Saxophone Performance concentration from Eastern Florida State College where he was a student of James Bishop. During his time at the Bower School of music, he served as principle saxophonist in the FGCU Wind Orchestra, lead alto in the Jazz Band Flight: Jazz at FGCU, and played soprano saxophone in the Bower Saxophone Quartet. Alexander was selected to play tenor saxophone in the 2017 National Intercollegiate Band as well as principle alto saxophone in the 2017 Florida All-State Intercollegiate Band and tenor saxophone in the 2016 Florida All-State Intercollegiate Band. In November of 2015, Alexander participated in a critically acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the FGCU Wind Orchestra.

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