I consider it a masterpiece in the fullest sense of the word: one of those rare compositions which seems to reflect most strongly in itself the musical tendencies of a whole generation.”



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3. “Les tringles des sistres tintaient” (“The jingles of the sistrums tinkled”) In a popular tavern, officers and gypsies are entertained by singing and dancing led by Carmen and her gypsy friends Frasquita and Mercédès.
The music begins very calmly, both in tempo (speed) and dynamics (volume). After a lengthy orchestral introduction, Carmen sings three verses (each followed by a refrain in which she is joined by Frasquita and Mercédès). With each passing verse, the music becomes faster, louder, and more heavily orchestrated, thus progressively increasing the excitement and rhythmic drive of the piece. The piece is about gypsy girls being seduced by gypsy boys with music.


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