Bizet was a French 19th century composer best known for his opera 'Carmen'. He was a child prodigy and lived a short but productive life dying at 36 years old.
Born: 25 Oct 1838 in Paris. Zodiac: Scorpio
Died: 3 June 1875 in Paris. Age: 36
Cause of death: Heart attacks.
Father: Adolphe - hairdrsser, wigmaker and music teacher
Mother: Aimée - talented pianist
Wife: Genevieve daughter of his teacher Prof.Jacques Halevy
Children: one son, Jean, with his mother's maid and one son, Jacques, with his wife Genevieve.
Grave Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris
Influenced by: Schubert, Gounod, Saint-Saens, Offenbach.
OPERA: Best known for Carmen, he in fact wrote 30 operas, many of which are rarely performed.
- The Pearl Fishers - set in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
- The Fair Maid of Perth
ORCHESTRAL: He wrote a symphony when he was 17. It was discovered in 1935 in the archives of the Paris Conservatory where he studied.
- Symphony in C
- Rome Suite
PIANO: He was an accomplished pianist and wrote many pieces for the keyboard.
- Chromatic Variations
- Jeux d'Enfants (Children's Games)
Curly black hair, square jaw, great beard, bright alert eyes, impressive appearance.
He had a good sense of humour and was well liked. He did however have a
violent temper and was prone to challenge people to fights or even
Heavy smoker in spite of recurring throat problems (probably throat cancer).
Left-wing politically. Anti-religious. Womaniser.
"Ah, music! What a beautiful art! But what a wretched profession!"
"Religion is a means of exploitation employed by the strong against the weak; religion is a cloak of ambition, injustice and vice."
Bizet in Art
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Carmen - Toreador
L´ARLESIENNE SUITE No.1, Daniel Barenboim, Complete
Duet from the Pearl Fishers - Andrea Bocelli & Bryn Terfel
- Georges Bizet
- His grave
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