The Carmen Suites are two suites of orchestral music drawn from the music of Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen and compiled posthumously by his friend Ernest Guiraud. They adhere very closely to Bizet’s orchestration.
Today in the music library project we look at The Aragonaise (literally a person or thing from Aragon, a region in Spain) is a “dance of Aragon” which appears as the Interlude (entr’acte) before the Opera’s fourth act.
This is a delightful piece; a highly animated and whimsical Spanish dance number. It certainly got me into a good headspace this morning when I played it loud. James Reel at All-music.com described The Aragonaise as ‘full of colorful woodwind writing over sharply accented, percussion-splashed rhythms‘.
A failure at its premiere, Bizet’s Carmen began to find its enormous success only a few months later- and sadly a few months after its composer’s death. More music will feature from the Carmen Suites where we will explore further Carmen – the Opera as well as composer Georges Bizet.
The information above was extrapolated from two sources: namely Wikipedia – Carmen Suites (Bizet/Guiraud) and All-music.com – Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 1 (assembled by Ernest Guirard).