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Carmen: Habanera (Classical Guitar)


Habanera. From the opera, Carmen, by Georges Biset (1838-1875, France). The melody of this piece was composed by Sebastián Iradier, arranged by Biset (for opera), and performed by Nemanja Bogunovic.

The original name for the aria, Habanera, in Carmen was L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (“Love is a rebellios bird”) and the melody for this piece was originally written by Sebastian Iradier in 1863. (If you remember from a previous post, Iradier (a.k.a., Yradier) also wrote La Paloma.). The title was changed to Habanera because Biset arranged it using the rhythm and bass line of the popular Cuban dance by the same name. This aria was originally written for voice and orchestra but has been transcribed for multiple instruments since its inception.

 

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