Bizet, G :: Farandole

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  • Composer
    Bizet, G
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ138]
  • Editor
    Holcombe, Bill (arr)
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
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Farandole
Bizet, G

Musicians Publications presents Georges Bizet's Farandole from L Arlesienne Suite No. 2 arranged for woodwind quintet by Bill Holcombe. Scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, this flexible quintet also includes an optional bass clarinet part to replace the bassoon when necessary. This quintet is advanced in difficulty.

Farandole is the finale of Georges Bizet s L Arlesienne' Suite No. 2, composed as incidental music to Alphonse Daudet s play of the same name ( The Girl from Arles ). The play, a tragicomedy, is set in a small village in southeastern France and focuses on Frederi, a young peasant who is driven to suicide after discovering the infidelity of his bride to be (L'Arlesienne). The farandole is a celebratory folk dance and is usually led by the most recently married couple ironic, considering the play s conclusion. Furthermore, as in Samuel Beckett s Waiting for Godot , the title character never actually makes an appearance, contributing to the more histrionic aspects of the work. The grand orchestral melody of Farandole was taken from a motif of a popular French Christmas song with origins dating back to the 13th century, known as March of the Kings. Bizet s penchant for rich dramatic orchestration coupled with folk melodies enabled this witty movement to be repurposed as a celebratory work for the yuletide season.

- Luke Smith, 2018

  • Composer
    Bizet, G
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ138]
  • Editor
    Holcombe, Bill (arr)
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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