Sheet Music: Prelude

from L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1
Alternate titlesMarch of the Kings
Opus numberOp. 23
ComposerGeorges Bizet (1838–1875)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-06-19
Last updated2009-06-19
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Christmas carols, Marches, Romantic


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Friday 19 June 2009

Tune of the Day: L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1

First movement: Prelude

The incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's theatrical play L'Arlésienne (sometimes translated as ‛The Girl from Arles’) was composed by Georges Bizet for the first performance of the play in 1872.

Despite the poor reviews of the incidental music, Bizet decided to arrange his work into a suite of four movements. Now known as L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1, the suite used a full symphony orchestra, but without the chorus. It opens with the strong, energetic theme we present today, which is based on the Christmas carol “March of the Kings”, played by the entire orchestra.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Prelude Flute solo
4.Carillon Flute duet