BEST OF “CARMEN” SUITE

March 27, 2016

For the last several weeks, I have been working on a musical suite that incorporates the best of “Carmen” (opera) tunes. I orchestrated it using modern rhythms and instruments, and recorded it all yesterday on my Scottsdale Clavinova. And I did all that without any sheet music, meaning it will not exactly correspond to the music written by Georges Bizet. But it is how I hear and experience “Carmen.”

So with that as a preamble, here it is now… the best of Carmen:

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GYPSY DANCE: “CARMEN” – “CHANSON BOHEME”

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Well, Carmen has done it again. She kept me up for two nights in a row until I finally figured out what she wanted me to record. It was the Gypsy Dance from this famous Georges Bizet’s opera.

As I noted after I figured it out yesterday, “It seems that Gypsy music is sticking to me like glue. Another proof of my past lifetimes as Liszt and a Gypsy shaman.”

So today, Feb 11, I set out to create my own rendition of it. Here it is, first as an excerpt with solely my own music and orchestration as recorded on a Clavinova.

In the first segment, I am using the Oboe as the lead instrument, with the string orchestra in the background. In the second segment, the Oboe continues to lead, but now I am adding the full symphony orchestra, with the Timpani providing the Paso Doble rhythm, in the background.

Keep in mind that this recording and orchestration has been done entirely without sheet music. The music came to me in dreamtime the night of Feb 9. And I had no idea what it was until I figured it out yesterday (see below).

So this rendition of the Gypsy Dance from Carmen, therefore, it may not correspond exactly to Bizet’s Carmen opera score. But it does have all the Gypsy passion the original music tried to encompass.

Enjoy!

GYPSY DANCE – from the opera “CARMEN” (excerpt, 2:20 mins)

Keep in mind that this recording and orchestration has been done entirely without sheet music. The music came to me in dreamtime the night of Feb 9. And I had no idea what it was until I figured it out yesterday (see below).

So this rendition of the Gypsy Dance from Carmen, therefore, it may not correspond exactly to Bizet’s Carmen opera score. But it does have all the Gypsy passion the original music tried to encompass.

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And now, here’s the same recording with the finale from the original New York Metropolitan Opera broadcast added at the end.

GYPSY DANCE – from the opera “CARMEN” (excerpt, 3:44 mins)

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Here are now also some still shots from today’s recording, with Elizabeth working the camera… and an official “red carpet” photo from the Saturday night performance of “Carmen” by the Arizona Opera company in Phoenix.

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WHAT IS THIS TUNE?

February 10, 2016

It has happened again. I need your help in identifying a piece of music that came to me in dreamtime two nights ago and kept me awake for a part of the night last night, too.

It sounds like an Asiatic theme, perhaps from Southern Russia, or Armenia. Khachaturian perhaps? Or Rimsky-Khorskakov?

Anyway, here is a rough 56-second audio recording I have just made on my Clavinova without any sheet music.

Thank you in advance.

A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER…

After I got several suggestions but none that really hit the mark, I figured out myself what this music was. It was the Gypsy Dance which comes later on in the opera Carmen, after the Habanera and Love Is a Rebellious Bird songs.

Here it is, as seen in a New York Metropolitan Opera broadcast from 1997…

Interesting, isn’t it, that I thought it was ASIATIC. Which is what the Gypsies are. Except that I thought it was one of the Russian composers that did it.

It seems that Gypsy music is sticking to me like glue. Another proof of my past lifetimes as Liszt and a Gypsy shaman.

Thank you for trying to help me. Now I just have to work on refining and improving my version of it.

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CARMEN HABANERA: TWO YEARS AGO…

And now, check out our new version of “Habanera” with Elizabeth starring as Carmen… 🙂 – recorded in Feb 2014:

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CARMEN HANAMERA: SIX YEARS AGO…

Here’s now also my first recording of “Carmen Habanera” made on my old antique piano on Nov 11, 2009:

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PS: Another “coincidence”… check out the pants I am wearing in the two videos filmed 4.5 years apart. They are the same blue jeans. Only with more patches that Elizabeth had added to the original denim… 🙂

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