Habanera

I personally think classical music to be beautiful and after listening to quite a bit I was then introduced to arias. Falling in love with the idea of being an opera singer I decided to give it a try.

People find it a little weird that a rebellious 21 year old who isn’t into elegance, formal atmosphere and silence could ever like music like this, but I do.

I picked Habanera (a.k.a L’amour est un oiseau rebelle) from Georges Bizet’s famous opera Carmen and decided to give it a shot. Below is my attempt at Habanera, I have had no prior training or help so don’t be mean 🙂

About the play:

Carmen is a gypsy girl, short-tempered but beautiful with love that is uninhibited. She falls in love with Don José -a solider- who rebels against senior officials, leaves the woman he once loved and joins a gang of smugglers all for the sake of the fiery gypsy girl. But Carmen soon begins to lose interest in Don José, the man she once claimed to love for a bullfighter by the name of Escamillo who has now caught her fancy. Don José feels betrayed and takes his revenge by killing Carmen.

On Habanera:

Carmen sings the Habanera in response to men questioning her as to whom she will love. The song’s original score was unknowingly adapted from El Arreglito, a piece composed by Spanish musician Sebastián Yradier which Bizet thought to be a folk song, however, he later credited the source.

The music:

As for the music, there is one mezzo-soprano voice singing the part of Carmen and a full opera orchestra. However, the play does have a opera chorus too. The instruments used are  2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns, 2 cornets, 3 trombones, timpani, triangle, cymbal, drums, tambourine, castanets, 2 harps and a lot of strings which include violins, violas, cellos, contra basses.

Here is a piece from the opera, you can download the music sheet at free-scores.

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