Prelude to Act I (Entrance of the Toreadors), from Carmen (string quartet)


Title: Prelude to Act I (Entrance of the Toreadors) from the opera Carmen

Composer: Georges Bizet, arr. David Gable

Instrumentation: Violin 1; Violin 2; Viola; Cello

Printout: 5 pages

Note: In the opera Carmen this music is heard both as a prelude to Act I and in Act IV when the chorus of toreadors enters the scene. The prelude’s lively march tempo and effervescent melody make it a popular number for festive occasions and even light concert use.

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)


The Toreador’s Song

Tra-la-la Coupe-moi, brûle-moi


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