Georges Bizet was born in Paris, France, on October 25, 1838. His original name was Alexandre-César-Léopold Bizet. Bizet was an only son. He was born into a musical family. His mother was a talented pianist and his father was a singing teacher and composer. Bizet received a good early musical training. At age 9, Bizet was accepted into the Paris Conservatory. He did well in his studies. Bizet was a brilliant pianist and he won many awards for his musical talent.
In June 1869, Bizet married Geneviève, daughter of his former teacher, Halévy. The marriage was an unhappy one. Bizet could not make any money because he lacked commercial success. He made his living by teaching the piano and as an accompanist for other people's work.
Bizet's final years had many problems. His health was ill and he was forced into service during the Franco-Prussian War. Bizet died of 2 heart attacks on June 3, 1875, in Bougival, France. He was age 36 ½ and 5 days. This was also the day of Bizet's 6th wedding anniversary.
Listen to his music:
Intermezzo L'Arlesienne, Suite No. 2
Farandole L'Arlesienne, Suite No. 2
Les Toreadors Carmen, Suite No. 1
Habenera Carmen, Suite No.2