Perhaps the most popular operatic duet ever penned, this arrangement by Carlo Martelli captures the nobility and rapture of the original to perfection. Review: "Another fun transcription from Broadbent & Dunn's Classic String Quartet Collection. For colleges, conservatories and professionals." – New Issues March 1997
Carlo Martelli was born on the 12th December 1935 in London to an Italian father and an English mother. By the age of eleven Carlo had developed a passion for the symphony orchestra. Just before his twelfth birthday he started taking regular violin lessons and very soon began writing elaborate orchestral scores achieving a mastery in this field by the age of sixteen, by which time he had obtained a County Scholarship to attend the Royal College of Music in London, studying composition and viola. By the time he was 21 he had written a string quartet and had already had a great deal of success with several large scale serious symphonic compositions, notably his Second Symphony, which had many performances and broadcasts by several major orchestras in the few years after its completion. In the 1960's he turned to film music to make a living, and also worked steadily as a freelance viola player. His arrangements for string quartet, trio and other combinations number well over 250 and are played by hundreds of groups all over the world.
This minuet, arranged by Carlo Martelli, is from the first of two concert suites in which Bizet made out the beautiful and highly picturesque L'Arlésienne music which he wrote to accompany Daudet's play.
Two concert suites were made out of the beautiful and highly picturesque L'Arlésienne music. The Farandole, which concludes the second suite and is here arranged by Carlo Martelli, is a spirited circle dance of Provençal derivation.
This delightful piece concludes the first suite that Bizet made from his incidental music to Daudet's play. This music, arranged by Carlo Martelli, has a freshness, vivacity and clarity of outline, which arrives like a cool breeze in a stuffy room.