BORN TO WIN Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet entered the history of music thanks to one very popular work. Experienced people argue that such cases are infrequent. Fate gave such a chance to Georges Bizet, who wrote the world famous opera Carmen, but this fate took a lot in return.
Bizet was born in Paris on October 25, 1838. He was called the sonorous names of three generals: Alexander – Caesar – Leopold, but in the family he was Georges. With this name, Bizet went down in history, and the name given at birth always reminded himself …
Child without childhood
Georges liked to play music with his father, a singing teacher, and his mother, a professional pianist. At the same time, he, like any boy, wanted to run around the streets and play with other children. Parents thought differently. At four years old, the boy already knew the notes and knew how to play the piano, and two weeks before the decade entered the Paris Conservatory. Childhood ended before it began. At thirteen, George began to compose music.
In the morning, my mother invariably brought her son to the conservatory, and after classes she took her home. Then everything was according to the scenario – they fed him, and then they closed him in the room where Georges played the piano until he fell asleep from fatigue. The young musician tried to resist his mother and at the same time understood that her obstinacy and his composer Georges Bizetalant give results. Nevertheless, he liked literature more. “You grew up in a musical family,” said the mother when she forced him to read, “and you will be a musician, not a writer. Outstanding! ”
Learning Georges was easy, he grabbed everything on the fly. At nineteen Bizet graduated from the conservatory and became the youngest laureate to receive the Grand Roman Prize, for the Clovis and Clotilde cantata. The eternal city in which Georges studied became for him a source of inspiration, creative pursuit and love.
First love of Georges Bizet
Plump and short-sighted, with curls that curled so tightly that it was difficult to comb, Bizet did not consider himself attractive to women. He always spoke quickly, a little inconsistently, and was sure that women did not like such a way of explaining. He also constantly swept the composer Georges Bizerouki, which he too was very shy and blushed all the time.
With a funny and flirtatious Giuseppe, Georges met in Italy and, of course, began to call her to Paris. The young man was intoxicated with happiness and kept repeating: “I am not rich, but making money is that simple. Two successful comic operas, and we will live like kings. ”
The letter about his mother’s illness took him by surprise. He was leaving, with the promise of Giuseppe to come as soon as his mother became better. Father grieved in one room, Georges in another. Money was needed to fight disease and poverty. If George could now write a brilliant work that would bring him a lot of money, but it takes time, but he doesn’t.
“Temporary” work by Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet met with the owner of one of the most famous Parisian publishers Antoine Sudan. He looked at the young man with surprise and could not believe that the composer Georges Bizelaureat of the prestigious Roman Prize, a young genius, was sitting in front of him. It was risky to bet on the beginning composer, but the publisher understood well that the young man needed money and was ready to work, so he suggested arranging the operas of famous composers for the piano.
For a day Bizet pored over other people’s scores. He regularly received money, but there wasn’t enough of it all the time. “Write a symphony,” mother repeated in delirium, “as soon as you do this, glory will find you.” But he did not have time for a symphony. Drafts multiplied, and despite his hard work, debts grew every day. Mother died a year after his arrival …
The musical theater beckoned the composer. He tried to attend all the premieres, but everything he wrote, the composer Georges Bizet, did not find approval. The comic opera Don Procopio has not been evaluated. A number of orchestral plays, which later will be included in the series “Remembering Rome”, are also. Friends advised to pursue a career as a pianist, but Georges wanted to compose music and was sure that the chosen path would lead him to success. All that remained was to work, wait and endure the need.
In 1863, the premiere of the opera Pearl Catchers took place. Criticism noted the naturalness and beauty of the vocal parts, many expressive moments in the score – and that’s all. The opera took place on stage 18 times and was removed from the repertoire. Everything has returned: sleepless nights, other people’s scores, music lessons. From nervous exhaustion saved by pouring cold water, walking around the city and visiting theaters.
Love is a mockery
Once on a train, Georges Bizet met Mogador – the opera diva, Madame Lionel, writer Celeste Venard, Countess de Chabrian. She spent her youth in dens, then became a dancer, and then became interested in literature and began to describe what she knew about life in novels. Her books did not lie on the shelves. They tried not to talk about them in decent houses, but every Parisian knew about the existence of this woman.