George Bizet, composer
Although Alphonse Daudet’s play L'Arlesienne (The Women of Arles),
for which Bizet wrote extensive incidental music, was a failure at its first
presentation, Bizet’s music was recognized as the masterwork that it is.
Bizet thereupon compiled an orchestra suite of music from some of his
incidental cues, and the suite was immediately successful as a concert work.
After Bizet’s death, a colleague, Ernest Guiraud, set about to compile a
second orchestral suite from some of the remaining musical cues.
L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 from the Incidental Music, Transcribed by Charles
Godfrey, Jr. and revised by Alfred Reed and Clark McAlister comprises three
movements: Pastorale, Intermezzo, and Farandole.