Bizet Ten Little Pieces


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Series about classical music. Naomi Wilkinson and actor Bobby Lockwood introduce two famous pieces from Georges Bizet's gypsy opera Carmen.


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You know what I think inspires great music?

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-Great stories.

-Oh... I reckon this is it.

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Stories of love, jealousy...and revenge.

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MUSIC: Habanera by Georges Bizet

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CHATTER

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"Love is a rebellious bird."

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"That no-one can tame."

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Great idea for a lyric.

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Already taken.

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Belongs to a gypsy named Carmen.

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She sings it in an opera named after her, composed by Georges Bizet.

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Ooh. She looks fiery.

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Dangerous!

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She's got every man and woman in here watching -

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and she knows it.

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A young soldier -

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already with another girl, but he's lost it...

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lost his heart to her.

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She's cast a spell.

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Carmen's story is set under a sizzling Spanish sun.

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Her music makes me think of a cat stretching out in the heat.

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Slow, enchanting,

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but with deadly claws...

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SNARLING ..ready to pounce!

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ORCHESTRA SUDDENLY GETS LOUDER

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Well, you WERE warned.

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In opera, the music tells you what you need to know.

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MUSIC: Toreador Song by Georges Bizet

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Hey, what about this then?

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It's more music from Carmen.

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-Hmm. Sounds brave, proud...

-Mmm.

-..and charming.

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CHEERING

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It belongs to Escamillo,

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and he deserves it.

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MUSIC: Les Toreadors by Georges Bizet

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A big celebrity...bullfighter.

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You can hear the fanfare.

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Think of him strutting around the bullring.

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This is music for a guy who loves being a star.

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We all know the story.

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Boy loves girl...

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but girl loves another boy.

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And then what?

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I don't know. But Escamillo kills bulls, Carmen kills hearts.

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I am sticking around to find out.

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MUSIC: Habanera by Georges Bizet

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MUSIC: Toreador Song by Georges Bizet

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MUSIC: Les Toreadors by Georges Bizet

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Naomi Wilkinson and actor Bobby Lockwood introduce two famous pieces from Georges Bizet's gypsy opera Carmen - a love triangle under the Spanish sun, transposed to a UK nightclub. The BBC Philharmonic perform the sultry Habanera and the Toreador Song.


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