Les Dragons d’Alcala (The Dragoons of Alcala) from Carmen (violin viola duo)
Title: Les Dragons d’Alcala (The Dragoons of Alcala) from the opera Carmen
Composer: Georges Bizet, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin and Viola
Printout: 4 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.
In the opera score, the opening theme is played by bassoons. Here it is given to the viola.
Les Dragons is also available at significant discount as part of the Bargain Bundle Carmen, Selected Highlights for violin and viola, Set 2.