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.
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.
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.