“Aragonaise” means a person or thing from Aragon, a region in Spain, in musical context it is a “dance of Aragon”. This is a driving triple meter dance which is traditionally accompanied by guitars, castanets and hand clapping. There are two famous musical compositions named “Aragonaise”, one by Jules Massenet from his opera “Le Cid”, and the other – from Bizet’s most famous opera, “Carmen”. When “Carmen” first opened in Paris, the reviews were terrible. Many critics said there were no good tunes in it, so audiences stayed away. In the middle of one of the first performances, Bizet died. He was only 36. Four months later, “Carmen” opened in Vienna, Austria, and was a smash hit. It is now one of the most popular operas ever written. Bizet never knew that audiences would come to consider it his masterpiece.
HomeOrchestra arrangements of classical music standards will help you feel like a professional from first steps. Listen to “the Demo” file, where songs are featured exactly as they finally should sound, with HomeOrchestra’s soloist and the orchestra. Practice with our music sheet, then play our “play-along” track, step in as a soloist, and enjoy leading a full-scale symphonic orchestra in the comfort of your home!