“Carmen Fantasie Brillante” was composed by François Borne (1840-1920). It is based on themes from the opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet, composed in 1875, just 3 months prior to his death. In about 10 to 12 minutes, Borne runs through many of the great themes from this, one of the most popular operas of all time. The fantasy (written in 1900 and originally orchestrated that same year by Raymond Meylan) begins with the music of Carmen’s first entrance in the opera, goes to the “Fate” theme, the Cigarette Girls’ Song from Act I and the Habañera. From that point, the music builds up in excitement for the Gypsy Dance. Just as the listeners assume that the piece is ready to close, Borne trumps all that has come before with a triumphant statement of the famous Toreador Song. I played a band arrangement of this beautiful piece when I was temporarily with the Air Force Band of the West, San Antonio, Texas in late 1997, and I decided to duplicate that feat...it took me 14 years, but I finally did it. --Marc Oliver
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 44 pages. 11.00x8.50x0.10 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1482758970