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Bizet Symphony No. 1 in C Major

September 28, 2017

Dear Friends,


When one thinks of Georges Bizet, the first work that perhaps comes to mind is Carmen. The link is quite inseparable, as it should be, but dare I say it takes focus away from his other notable works. This morning, I had the pleasure of listening once again to his first symphony. Although it was composed in 1855, it was not performed until it resurfaced among many of his other unseen manuscripts eighty years later in 1935. The premiere performance was in Basel with Felix Weingartner conducting. In 1947, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine choreographed a ballet to accompany the symphony. He originally titled his ballet ‘Le Palais de Cristal.’ Please enjoy this 1973 recording of the ballet posted below.






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