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Shadow on Concrete Wall

Georges Bizet 
1838 - 1875

The composer Georges Bizet - real name Alexandre César Léopold - studied piano, theory and composition at the Paris Conservatory and won the Rome Prize at the age of 19.


After returning from Rome he worked as a private music teacher, répétiteur and stage composer. As such, he was soon able to premier his first operas - albeit only with moderate success: 'Les pêcheurs de perles' in 1863, 'La jolie fille de Perth' in 1867 and 'Djamileh' in 1872.


Bizet's major work, the opera 'Carmen', fell through with Parisian critics when it premiered in March 1875.


It was not until the Vienna performance in October that it met with great success. Bizet, however, could no longer experience this: he died of a chronic throat and heart disease on June 3, 1875 in Bougival near Paris.

Carmen Suite Nr 2 (Habanera) - Georges Bizet
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