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Carmen

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    Paul Hindemith: Symphony in B-flat for band (1951) 19’
    Georges Bizet: Carmen Symphony. José Serebrier’s arrangement (1875; arr. 2004) 34’

Performers

    Barcelona Symphony Band
    Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
    • Sunday 8 May 18:00
  • €16 / €12 concessions
  • Hall 1 Pau Casals
  • BMB Season

Carmen is all about a femme fatale, and the themes of love, envy, sensuality and death. The novel by Prosper Mérimée and, above all, the opera by Georges Bizet have immortalised these base passions in the form of art, encapsulating the essence of the most savage and unadulterated of feelings. Uruguayan composer José Serebrier adapted some of the best-known fragments of Bizet's Carmen for orchestra, like the legendary habanera “L'amour est une oiseau rebelle”, finishing with the brilliant finale from the “Danse bohème”, which opens the second act of the staged version of the opera.

Program

Paul Hindemith composed Symphony in B flat in the United States, where he lived from 1940. It is considered to be a major example of an original work for symphony band and he conducted the US Army Band in a performance in 1951. Despite the use of dissonance and other avant-garde features, it is still in the composer's habitual neo-Classical style, reflected in its form, rhythm and melodies.

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