In 1869 Bizet hurridly composed 27 peices of incidental music for the play
'L'Arlesienne', adapted from a french short story by Alphonse Daudet. It
was based on the frustrated love and suicide of a young female relative of
the provencal poet Mistral. The incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne (usually translated as 'The Girl from Arles') was composed by Georges Bizet for the first performance of the play in 1872 at the Vaudeville Theater in Paris. There are two suites from the
score of the 27 themes and they are a staple in today's concert repertoire.
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