Tra-la-la Coupe-moi, brûle-moi, from Carmen (string quartet)
Title: Tra-la-la Coupe-moi, brûle-moi, from the opera Carmen
Composer: Georges Bizet, arr. David Gable
Instrumentation: Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola and Cello
Printout: 4 pages
Note: Carmen is without doubt one of, if not the most, complex operatic heroine prior to the twentieth century, and the music in this scene does much to establish her character. Sultry, brooding, tragic and coquettish by turns, the scene is rightly dubbed a “mélodrame” in the score. In this setting, the purely recitative portions of the scene have been cut, keeping the focus on Carmen’s memorable “Tra-la-la” theme. The vocal solos of Carmen and Zuniga (the captain of the guard) are given to the viola in this arrangement.