What Mozart Did For Classical Music, Bizet Did For Romantic, One Columnist Says11:07

French composer Georges Bizet, circa 1865.
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French composer Georges Bizet, circa 1865. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

French composer Georges Bizet was 17 when he wrote "Symphony in C" in 1855. It was discovered decades after the death of the composer.

Classical music columnist Fran Hoepfner (@franhoepfner) tells Here & Now's Robin Young how, in the youthful symphony, it's as if Bizet "rides up on a skateboard and wants to show you a trick."

Music From The Segment

"Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Havanaise), performed by Tatiana Troyanos, Sir Georg Solti, John Alldis Choir & London Philharmonic Orchestra

"Symphony No. 1 in C Major," Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic

"A Midsummer Night's Dream," James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

"Carmen: Votre toast," performed by José Van Dam, Sir Georg Solti, John Alldis Choir,TatianaTroyanos, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Michel Sénéchal, Norma Burrowes, Jane Berbié, Pierre Thau, Jacques Loreau & Michel Roux

This segment aired on January 3, 2018.


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