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Georges Bizet

born: 25 October 1838
died: 3 June 1875
country: France

Bizet's first work was a symphony, written when he was 17 and immediately popular. But he is far better known for his operas, particularly Carmen. Carmen was not initially well-received but praise for it eventually came from well-known contemporaries including Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Bizet did not live to see its success, as he died from angina at the age of 36 a few months after its first few performances, on his third wedding anniversary. He was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Bizet's music has been used in the twentieth century as the basis for several important ballets. The Soviet-era "Carmen Suite" (1967), set to music drawn from Carmen arranged by Rodion Shchedrin, gave the Bolshoi ballerina Maya Plisetskaya one of her signature roles; it was choreographed by Alberto Alonso. In the West the "L'Arlesienne" of Roland Petit is well-regarded, and the "Symphony in C" by George Balanchine is considered to be one of the great ballets of the twentieth century. It was first presented as Le Palais de Crystal by the Paris Opera Ballet in 1947, and has been in the repertory there ever since. The ballet has no story; it simply fits the music: each movement of the symphony has its own ballerina, cavalier, and Corps de Ballet, all of whom dance together in the finale.

Albums
'Bizet: Songs' (CDA66976)
Bizet: Songs
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66976  Archive Service  
'For Children' (CDH55194)
For Children
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55194  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'La Procession' (CDA66248)
La Procession
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66248  Archive Service  
'Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44041/8)
Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44041/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only  
'Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions' (CDH55458)
Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55458  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Le Bestiaire' (A66149)
Le Bestiaire
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) A66149  Archive Service (LP transfer)   This album is not available for download
'Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2014' (HYP201403)
Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2014
HYP201403  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
À une fleur  No 1 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Absence (Bizet)
Adieux à Suzon  No 2 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe (Bizet)
Berceuse 'Sur un vieil air' (Bizet)
Chanson d'avril (Bizet)
Douce mer (Bizet)
Elle me dit: «Quelque chose»  First line to La coccinelle (Bizet)
Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Guitare  No 4 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
La chanson de la rose (Bizet)
La coccinelle (Bizet)
La toupie from Jeux d'enfants 'The top' (Bizet/Garbon)
L'abandonnée (Bizet)
L'arlésienne suite No 1 (Bizet/Rachmaninov)
Le grillon  No 6 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Ma vie a son secret (Bizet)
Minuet  Transcription from L'arlésienne suite No 1 (Bizet/Rachmaninov)
Murmure autour de ma nacelle  First line to Douce mer (Bizet)
Ouvre ton cœur  Song from Vasco de Gama (Bizet)
Pastel (Bizet)
Pastorale (Bizet)
Rose d'amour  No 5 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Sonnet  No 3 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Tarentelle (Bizet)
Vasco de Gama (Bizet)
Vieille chanson (Bizet)
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