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(1838-1875). French composer. Bizet entered the Paris Conservatory in 1848 at the age of 10. During his studies there he was befriended by composer Charles Gounod, with whom he worked on several theatrical projects, and whose influence is evident in Bizet's early works, especially his Symphony in C major.

His virtuosity as a pianist impressed Liszt, and he received additional encouragement in composition from his teacher Halevy.

Most of Bizet's stage works were not well received or appreciated at their premiere. His opera "Les pecheurs de perles" (The Pearl Fishers) was met with hostility from most quarters, though Berlioz praised it. Bizet fared better with his incidental music for the play "L'Arlesienne" (The Girl from Arles). It eventually became one of his most popular scores. Still, in the short term, acclaim elluded him.

Bizet's operatic masterpiece "Carmen" was openly derided when first
performed in Paris. But when it was staged in Vienna several months later, audiences there (and elsewhere) began to embrace it enthusiastically.

Sadly, Bizet did not have the pleasure of seeing the eventual popularity of "Carmen". He passed away just a few weeks before the more successful Vienna premiere, at the age of 36.
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