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L'Arlésienne Suite

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Two flutes with piano accompaniment. L'Arlésienne literally means 'the girl from Arles'. This character is the same 'type' as the more well-known figure of Carmen, and the play by Alphonse Daudet for which Bizet wrote the incidental music suffered from the same intensely negative reaction as Carmen did when it premièred three years later. The plots of the two stories deal with similar themes - in L'Arlésienne the young man is in love with the 'femme fatale,' from Arles, when he is supposed to be marrying the good, innocent girl-next-door type from his own village. The story is set in Provence, and some of the melodies used are traditional, but given Bizet's own very special treatment and orchestration.

Despite the play only running for 21 performances, Bizet realized the intrinsic value of the music as it stood, so after the play had closed he compiled the first orchestral suite. This proved to be so popular that Bizet's friend Ernest Guiraud later put together the second suite, both of which are now concert hall favourites.

This album contains extracts from both suites, using material from the Prélude, Adagietto, Pastorale and Carillon.


  • Adagietto
  • Carillon
  • Patorale
  • Prélude
Cat No. HE75
ComposerGeorges Bizet
ArrangerJenny Gould
CategoryTwo Flutes & Piano
PublisherHunt Edition
Difficulty level4 - 6
ISMN 979-0-708002-75-8
EAN-13 9790708002758
Weight 200 grams
Published 7th July 2004
Availability OUT OF PRINT.
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...works very well indeed... The interplay of the two flutes with the piano and each other is neat, balanced, and full of interest and variety, ensuring the arrangements make delightful concert pieces

Alison Uren for Music Teacher Magazine