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Archive for September 2, 2014

Fishing for Pearls by the Composer of “Carmen”

Georges Bizet

The opera catalog of Georges Bizet is littered with words like “lost,” “unfinished,” “incomplete,” “sketches,” or even “incomplete, lost or not begun.” His greatest hit, “Carmen,” is so full of enchanting music, it’s hard to imagine how inspiration could be so fleeting. In fact, “Carmen” had a rough start in 1875: it was considered a failure.