The Symphony in C is an early work by the French composer Georges Bizet. According to Grove's Dictionary, the symphony "reveals an extraordinarily accomplished talent for a 17-year-old student, in melodic invention, thematic handling and orchestration." Bizet started work on the symphony on 29 October 1855, four days after turning 17, and finished it roughly a month later. It was written while he was studying at the Paris Conservatoire under the composer Charles Gounod, and was evidently a student assignment. Bizet showed no apparent interest in having it performed or published, and the piece was never played in his lifetime. He used certain material from the symphony in later works, however. There is no mention of the work in Bizet's letters, and it was unknown to his earlier biographers. His widow, Geneviève Halévy (1849–1926), gave the manuscript to Reynaldo Hahn, who passed it along with other papers to the archives of the conservatory library, where it was found in 1933 by Jean Chantavoine. Soon thereafter, Bizet's first British biographer Douglas Charles Parker (1885–1970) showed the manuscript to the conductor Felix Weingartner, who led the first performance in Basel, Switzerland, on 26 February 1935.
Performances & Interviews
- Georges Bizet: Symphony in Chttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06rrz52.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06rrz52.jpg2018-12-10T12:00:00.000ZThe work of a remarkable young composer - and a homage to the teacher whose work he loved.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06vh5fw
Georges Bizet: Symphony in CThe work of a remarkable young composer - and a homage to the teacher whose work he loved.