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L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2

By Georges Bizet

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Composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Edited by Lesley A. Wright. This edition: Paperback/Soft Cover. Sheet music. Eulenburg Taschenpartituren (Pocket Scores). In 1872 Bizet wrote the incidental music to Daudet’s famous tragedy ‘L’Arlesienne’. He had to tailor his composition to an orchestra of only 26 players, but these limited forces turned out to pose a stimulating challenge rather tha. Study score. Composed 1872. 120 pages. Eulenburg Edition #ETP 829. Published by Eulenburg Edition (SD.49010312).

Item Number: SD.49010312

ISBN 9783795769413. 5.25x7.5 inches.

The premiere of Daudet's play, L'Arlesienne, with incidental music by Bizet, given at the Theatre du Vaudeville on 30 September 1872, was a devastating event for both playwright and composer and the production was removed from the repertory after 19 performances. The critic Johannes Weber, however, was alert to the quality of Bizet's score and suggested that the composer should excerpt and rescore several pieces for the Concerts populaires where 'the lovely music would be better appreciated than at the Vaudeville'. Bizet must have moved rather quickly to follow Weber's suggestion, for the premiere of the first Arlesienne suite took place only six weeks later at the Concerts populaires on 10 November 1872 and the work in its new abridged form was soon taken up by many other orchestras. Bizet, however, did not turn to preparing a second suite from L'Arlesienne. Some four years after Bizet's death, the success of the first suite may have prompted his original publisher to commission the arrangement of more excerpts from the Arlesienne MS from Bizet's good friend Ernest Guiraud who had earlier written recitatives and put together a ballet for Carmen.

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