Carmen Fantasie (Waxman)

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Carmen Fantasie (1946) is a virtuoso showpiece for violin and orchestra. The piece is part of Franz Waxman's score to the movie Humoresque. The music, based on various themes from Georges Bizet's opera Carmen (and an adaptation from the similarly titled work of Pablo de Sarasate), was initially meant to be played by Jascha Heifetz. However, he was replaced by a young Isaac Stern for the first recording of the score. Stern's hands can be seen in the close-up shots from the movie.

The piece was immediately popular, composed and first recorded in 1946 it is under copyright.

Since then, it has been adapted for a variety of orchestral/chamber arrangements, such as a versions for trumpet and orchestra, for violin and piano, as well as for viola and piano/orchestra.[1][2]

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