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Bizet – Carmen Entr’acte

Video-masterclass with: Michael Cox – First Flute BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Bizet - Carmen Entr'acte

by Alsop, Marin; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra | Naxos Regular CD

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Entr’acte (or entracte German: Zwischenspiel and Zwischenakt, Italian: intermezzo, Spanish: intermedio) means “between the acts”. It can mean a pause between two parts of a stage production, synonymous to an intermission (this is nowadays the more common meaning in French), but it more often (in English) indicates a piece of music performed between acts of a theatrical production.In the case of stage musicals, the entr’acte serves as the overture of act 2 (and sometimes acts 3 and 4, as in Carmen). In films that were meant to be shown with an intermission, there was frequently a specially recorded entr’acte on the soundtrack between the first and second half of the film, although this practice has died out in recent years.

Work 

  • Bizet – Carmen Entr’acte

Composed 

  • 1875

First Performance: 

  • First performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875

Movements

  • Act 1
  • Act 2
  • Act 3
  • Act 4

Audio excerpt from

  • Label: Naxos Regular CD
  • Artists: Alsop, Marin; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Video lesson by

  • Michael Cox

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