Posted by: tammyspianostudio | April 18, 2011

Listening 29


George Bizet, a great French opera composer, was raised by parents who were also professional musicians.  Georges’ mom was a pianist and his dad was a composer and vocal teacher.  George started lessons at 4 years old.  At 9 years old, he entered the Paris Conservatory of Music and was considered a master of the piano at age 14.  He became a composer, wrote piano duets (“Jeux d’enfants” is a popular one), and many operas.  George became a music teacher in Paris and still composed music.

Today’s musical selection was originally composed for a play by Daudet called L’Arlesienne.  While the play is no longer in performance, the music lives on as a suite for orchestra.  You may also be familiar with another piece he wrote titled Carmen, also for opera, which is performed all over the world.

Hear the Music:    http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/music_view.asp?id=5

Activity Sheet:    http://www.classicsforkids.com/activitysheets/December2008.pdf

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