Choeur des Gamins (Chorus of the Street Children), from Carmen (string trio – two violins and cello)
Title: Choeur des Gamins (Chorus of the Street Children), from the opera Carmen
Composer: Georges Bizet, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Two Violins and Cello
Printout: 8 pages
Note: This delightful and cheery march is heard early in Act I of the opera when the children of Seville are marching through the streets pretending to be soldiers of the guard. It is sometimes referred to as the military march. Ironically, although the scene is typically staged for a certain “cuteness factor,” the term “gamins” indicates not just children in the streets, but rather children who lived in the streets, likely homeless orphans trying to survive as best they could.
This arrangement is included in the Bargain Bundle Carmen, Selected Highlights for Two Violins and Cello, Set 3. Other instrumentations are also available.
Choeur des Gamins can also be purchased in a trio arrangement for violin, viola and cello. Click here.