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Georges Bizet ( 1838 - 1875 )
French composer whose hometown was one of the music meccas of the 19th century, Paris
His legal name was Alexandre Cesar Leopold Bizet, but his family gave him a name he used throughout his music career, Georges
Bizet entered the Paris Conservatorie when he was only nine years old.
It was evident from the start that this young lad would be special.
He distinguished himself by excelling in the piano and music composing disciplines.
By the time he reached seventeen he already had composed the Symphony in C
When he was nineteen he was honored with the much sought after, Prix de Rome
Georges wrote a variety of Musical Styles, including Operas, Cantatas, and incidental music.
Some of his works were as follows:
- The Opera Don Procopio
- A Cantata entitled Vasco da Gama
- The Opera Les Pecheurs
- Opera La jolie fille de Perth
- Incidental music for Alphonse Daudet's play, L'arlesinne
Bizet greatest work though was the powerfulCarmen considered the best French Opera ever composed in the 19th Century.
A year after he wrote this significant work he died.
Bizet contributed a new direction to the Opera genre with this work and it still stands as a example of his genius, brillance and insight of human behaviour.
He composed songs that were filled with wonderful melodies and powerful clean orchestrations.