Sheet Music: Entr'acte

from Carmen
Alternate titlesIntermezzo to Act III
ComposerGeorges Bizet (1838–1875)
InstrumentationFlute and Harp/Piano
KeyE-flat major
Time signature4/4
Tempo88 BPM
Performance time1:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (137 kB) (preview)
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Play-along accompanimentMIDI (change tempo/key) MP3 (1.6 MB)
Date added2009-09-02
Last updated2019-02-26
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Opera excerpts, Romantic, Written for Flute


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Wednesday 2 September 2009

Tune of the Day: Entr'acte

from Georges Bizet's opera “Carmen”

This intermezzo is taken from Bizet's Spanish opera Carmen, a realistic drama of love, jealousy and murder, set in Seville. It serves as an interlude before Act III, and sets the scene as the gypsy smugglers climb to their stronghold in the mountains, ready for a new enterprise, joined by Carmen and the soldier, Don José, whom she has seduced.

The original orchestral setting features a poetic pastoral melody on the flute over a harp accompaniment, with other instruments entering to converse with the flute. The combination of flute and harp is one that is peculiarly satisfying, the one instrument a foil to the other. Of course, if you can't find a harpist, our arrangement will sound nice all the same if the accompaniment part is played on a piano.

Other Movements from the same Work

Aragonaise Flute solo
Avec la garde montante Flute solo
Habanera Flute & Piano
La fleur que tu m'avais jetée Flute & Piano
Les Dragons d'Alcala Flute solo
Prelude Flute solo
Seguidilla Flute solo
Toreador Song Flute solo