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An arrangement for Flute & Piano of Habanera ("L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" ("Love is a rebellious bird"), an aria from Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen.
It is the entrance aria of the title character, a mezzo-soprano role, in scene 5 of the first act. It is based on a descending chromatic scale followed by variants of the same phrase in first the minor and then the major key, corresponding to the vicissitudes of love expressed in the lyrics.[not verified in body] Despite the change in mode there is no actual modulation in the aria, and the implied pedal point D is maintained throughout; nevertheless, there is no sense of monotony or stasis. The vocal range covers D4 to F♯5 with a tessitura from D4 to D5.
The score of the aria was adapted from the habanera "El Arreglito", originally composed by the Spanish musician Sebastián Iradier. Bizet thought it to be a folk song. When others told him he had used something written by a composer who had died 10 years earlier, he had to add a note to the vocal score of Carmen acknowledging its source.
The French libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.
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