Habañera, from Carmen (string quartet)


Title: Habañera, from the opera Carmen

Composer: Georges Bizet, arr. David Gable

Instrumentation: Violin 1; Violin 2; Viola; Cello

Printout: 8 pages

Note: One of the most celebrated arias in the opera repertoire, the Habañera from Bizet’s Carmen is sure to attract the attention of listeners. In this arrangement the opening theme is given to the viola, its darker tone quality being more akin to the duskier sound of Carmen’s mezzo-soprano.

Other string quartet arrangements of selections from Carmen are available:


Choeur des Gamins (Chorus of the Street Children)


Les Dragons d’Alcala

Marche des Contrebandiers (March of the Smugglers)

Prelude to Act I (Entrance of the Toreadors)


The Toreador’s Song

Tra-la-la Coupe-moi, brûle-moi


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