Les Dragons d’Alcala (The Dragoons of Alcala), from Carmen (string quartet)
Title: Les Dragons d’Alcala (The Dragoons of Alcala), from the opera Carmen
Composer: Georges Bizet, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin 1; Violin 2; Viola; Cello
Printout: 8 pages
Note: This stately march is played as an entr’acte to Act II of Carmen. The tune is sung by Don José later in the act, just before his entrance. Musically it juxtaposes and contrasts the characters of Don José and Escamillo, the toreador, who are rivals for Carmen’s affections. A dragoon, by the way, was a lightly armed soldier who fought both on horseback and on foot, sort of a halfway point between cavalry and infantry.
Other string quartet arrangements of selections from Carmen are available: